We are looking for Seed or Pre-Seed startups with innovative and scalable solutions for relevant aquaculture problems. We require that you are at least a team of two, are willing to focus 100% on your venture and have an initial proof-of-concept. Additionally, we require you to move to our locations for at least the duration of the program.
What we focus on
Quality of your team
The potential of your technology
Your business model and strategy
Size and accessibility of your market
What to expect from the HATCH accelerator program
USD 130 000 - you receive $75 000 in cash. $55 000 are in-kind services, including the program
approx. 50 on-site mentors, our network reaches significantly further than that
HATCH receives 8% equity of your company in form of a convertible loan note
The program duration is 15 weeks, dates can be found in the FAQ below
HATCH supports you with a full-time team of 8 people
All our 3 locations have real offices that accompany up to 30 people min.
Our program contains 3 demo days pitching to relevant and large audiences
There is currently no other organisation which combines deep insight into aquaculture technology across the globe, married with expertise and experience in venture capital whilst also providing a tailor specific development program in the form of the world’s 1st Aquaculture Accelerator.
HATCH has been designed to be at the intersection of sustainable aquaculture, technological innovation and venture capital. We have made over 30 startup investments in the sector, almost all of which attended one of our previous cohorts. The majority of our startups are, or already have raised follow-on funding and are well underway to becoming pivotal forces in this industry. We understand the challenge of scaling a business and the speed at which you need to move to reach the next level. Our team brings an entrepreneurial mindset, deep sector expertise and a supporting network that provides unique insight and value to our portfolio companies
Our program seeks to drive results and our teams are and will be challenged. The accelerator facilitates an opportunity to focus on your business whilst providing you with the inputs and access to everyone in this industry that is relevant to you. In return, we expect your fullest commitment and attention, an open mind and perseverance in abundance. You will travel to places you probably have never seen before, in three different climate zones. Every week, you will be asked to justify your last weeks decision making and to demonstrate your progress and effort to our team so as to move as quickly as you can. We will help you identify bottlenecks, introduce you to the contacts and data you need, keep you emotionally afloat whilst enabling you to develop a mindset that moves you to where you need to be.
Think you might be too young, too old or your company is too early or no longer a startup to benefit from our program?
Each of our cohorts consist of an amazing mix of people from different backgrounds, levels of experience, culture and locations. We don’t care about how old you are, where you are from or what you are.
We care about you, your team, your technology, your business and your commitment to it.
We are there with you, every day, working to help your company grow and create a sustainable aquaculture industry together.
HATCH invests in outstanding teams with innovative and sustainable solutions that solve real problems. The world faces existential challenges over the coming century. We believe sustainable aquaculture is part of the solution, therefore we invest in its technological development. In our view, the industry benefits most from more efficient processes, a higher degree of transparency and smarter decision-making tools for farmers. This is why we focus our accelerator program and fund around finding these opportunities and developing them to their full potential.
Healthy and efficient, sustainable feeding solutions through alternative proteins.
Risk reduction through development of new diagnostics, vaccines and medication for infectious diseases
Productivity improvement through development of new genetic material, tools and methods of reproduction
Market opportunities through new species and production systems
Improved control and increased production through new hardware and software
Illustration Photo: A biologist tagging Paddlefish at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery (credits: Sam Stukel / USFWS / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))