HATCH

HATCH

Hatching wild ideas for the planet.

Taronga is committed to conservation, and we believe innovation will help secure a shared future for people and wildlife.

We are calling on businesses and founders who are tackling some of the most pressing environmental and conservation challenges currently facing our planet to join Taronga’s HATCH Accelerator Program.

About HATCH

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The HATCH Accelerator Program is designed to help ecopreneurs take their idea from vision to reality. If you are a not-for-profit or social enterprise founder or start up with a venture that will drive positive change for wildlife, biodiversity and the environment then we are here to support you.

We are excited that the 2023 HATCH Accelerator Program will be run in collaboration with the Odonata Foundation, which means we have amplified and multiplied the opportunities that come through joining this program.

Program highlights:

  • $50,000 prize. No strings attached – free to participate, no equity required
  • $2,000 equity free seed funding per initiative
  • Available to applications Australia wide
  • Travel and accommodation included
  • Expert advice from Impact Boom, Entrepreneur in Residence and delivery partner
  • Social enterprise or not-for-profit ventures accepted
  • Access to Taronga’s and Odonata’s expert network and individual team support
  • Access to the Odonata impact investor panel led by Nigel Sharp
  • Additional prizes up to $30,000 and pathways for regenerative agriculture innovations and ideas
  • Additional prizes and awards up to $5,000 each in top tier business management consulting packages, tailored to your needs
  • One year membership into the Wild People Alumni Network and platform providing exclusive trade benefits and continuous collaboration and promotion opportunities all year

Accelerator Program 2023

The HATCH Accelerator Program is all about supporting ecopreneurs to take their idea from vision to reality. If you are a not-for-profit or social enterprise founder with a venture that will drive positive change for wildlife and the environment, we have an amazing network of mentors and experts who can help you bring your vision to life and reach your goals sooner. And at the end of the program one team will receive the $50,000 HATCH Grant!

The program is open Australia-wide 18 years and older, to individuals and teams who have at minimum completed their business model canvas and demonstrated initial traction through first round market testing, and are seeking to accelerate their development and path to impact.

Places are limited and selection is merit based. If you’re keen to be part of the next Accelerator Program, please register your interest and we’ll be in touch with more information.

 

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Program structure

HATCH Accelerator Program structure
HATCH Accelerator Program structure

Program dates

2023 Program dates
2023 Program dates

HATCH delivery team

The HATCH program is led by Belinda Fairbrother, Tom Allen and Nadia Nath, with involvement and support from other members of the Taronga and Impact Boom teams. 

Belinda Fairbrother - Co-Founder

Belinda Fairbrother

Belinda is the Co-Founder of the HATCH: Taronga Accelerator Program. Belinda has over fifteen years of experience in the not-for-profit sector focussing on behaviour change, conservation and sustainability, and is passionate about helping changemakers bring their brilliant ideas to life.

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Tom Allen - Entrepreneur in Residence

Tom Allen

Tom is Founder and CEO of Impact Boom. As a certified social enterprise and leading intermediary, Impact Boom helps entrepreneurs and innovators unleash their greatest potential to create a better world. Tom has worked closely with hundreds of social entrepreneurs globally to maximise their impact and is proud to be supporting HATCH as the Entrepreneur in Residence and delivery partner.

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Nadia Nath

Nadia Nath

Nadia leads commercial strategy and projects at Odonata Foundation, with experience in managing nature based tourism businesses and startups up to $40m. Nadia co-founded Edge Pledge crowdfunding platform (acquired), and has managed diverse impact portfolios, strategic projects and brands for Tiverton Rothwell Partners. Skilled in the creating pitches, fundraising and story-telling for purpose, Nadia draws on 15 years of investor relations and central government transformation leadership. 

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HATCH mentors and experts

HATCH participants are supported by a range of mentors and experts from across the startup, business, and for-purpose arenas, as well as Taronga’s in-house expertise in conservation, community engagement, education and not-for-profit management. A huge vote of thanks to our mentors and experts for their commitment to support the HATCH participants and program. 

Alex de Aboitiz

Alex de Aboitiz

Mentor and Investor

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Julie Alexander

Julie Alexander

Culture, business performance & people change specialist | MC & speaker, facilitator & trainer | Leadership & exec coach

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Warren Bingham

Warren Bingham

Chairman | CEO | Adjunct Fellow | Ambassador | Motivational Speaker

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Francisco Caffarena

Francisco Caffarena

Investment Manager at BridgeLane Group

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David Chung

David Chung

Founding Director at Creo Legal

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Tanya Christie

Tanya Christie

Tax Queen | Techie | AI Enthusiast

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Madeline Cunningham

Madeline Cunningham

Advisory Board Member I Advisor I Consultant I Cofounder I Mentor

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Jack Dean

Jack Dean

R&D Tax Consultant at Fullstack Advisory

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Bradley Delamare

Bradley Delamare

CEO, Investor and Mentor

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Robyn Foyster

Robyn Foyster

Entrepreneur and Senior Media/Tech Executive

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Matt Gillam

Matt Gillam

Product & Engineering Leadership | Technology Strategy | Digital Transformation & Scale-Up

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Jarod Green

Jarod Green

Founder Partner & Director at Rad I Head of Content at amaysim

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Kylie Green

Kylie Green

Founder & Director at The Lime Agency

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Emily Rose Hills

Emily Rose Hills

Founder and Director of The Social Media Coach

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Ryan Kaveney

Ryan Kaveney

Chief Financial Officer at Sonder

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Tim Middlemiss

Tim Middlemiss

Obama Foundation Leader: Asia Pacific - consulting on Social Impact | Strategic Communications | Creative Campaigns

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Sam Marwood

Sam Marwood

Sam Founder Cultivate Farms, CEO Odonata Foundation, values driven leader and entrepreneur, passionate about supporting the business of biodiversity. Sam also founded the Odonata Wild Idea business incubator program and is a driving force for collaboration and positive change for the environment and culture. 

Stuart Reynolds

Stuart Reynolds

Founder & CEO at Fullstack Advisory.

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Ian Roth

Ian Roth

Former Chief Veterinary Officer at NSW DPI

Taronga Conservation Society Australia Board Member

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Tim Silverwood

Tim Silverwood

Co-Founder at Ocean Impact Organisation | Former CEO of Take 3 for the Sea

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Jill Storey

Jill Storey

CEO ReadyFundGo | Non-Executive Director I Strategy, Innovation, Sustainability, Digital Disruption, CSR

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John Sturt-Addicott

John Sturt-Addicott

Direct to customer EV sales at Hyundai

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Ellie Sursara

Ellie Sursara

Biologist and Science Communicator

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David Taylor

David Taylor

Operations and Business Development at Macchina Volantis.

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Kristin Vaughan

Kristin Vaughan

Climate tech investor and Managing Partner of Virescent Ventures

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