The HATCH Programs are 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.
Accelerator Program 2024
The HATCH Taronga 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 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 apply today.
• $50,000 prize. No strings attached – free to participate, no equity required
• $2,000 equity free seed funding per initiative
• Additional prize of $5,000 for People’s Choice Award
• Upskilling through masterclasses and immersive workshops. Program valued at $30,000 per team
• Investor and pitch readiness
• Expert advice from Impact Boom, Entrepreneur in Residence, and Taronga’s in-house experts
• Travel and accommodation included – Staying at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga
• Six-month membership into the HATCH Alumni Network and platform providing exclusive trade benefits and continuous collaboration and promotion opportunities all year.
HATCH delivery team
The HATCH program is led by Belinda Fairbrother, Tom Allen, Paul Maguire, Christie Gazal and with involvement and support from other members of the Taronga and Impact Boom teams.
Belinda Fairbrother - Co-Founder
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.
Tom Allen - Entrepreneur in Residence
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.
Paul Maguire - Director of Education
Paul is the Director of Education at Taronga and is passionate about conservation, youth, Indigenous issues and behaviour change. Paul has extensive experience developing award winning behaviour change campaigns and innovative education programs, exhibits and experiences focusing on advocating for the wild. His goal is to deliver inspiring educative experiences to all those who engage with Taronga.
Christie Gazal - Community Impact Support Officer
Christie is the Community Impact Support Officer on the HATCH: Taronga Accelerator Program and has been working in the not-for-profit sector for over eleven years. With experience in program coordination, event management and behaviour change, Christie thrives on supporting ecopreneurs to take their ideas from vision to reality.
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.
Partner at PwC Australia, Chairman of OzHarvest, On the Board of Creative Cubes and ForPurposeCo. and advisor to several startups.
Culture, business performance & people change specialist | MC & speaker, facilitator & trainer | Leadership & exec coach
Chairman | CEO | Adjunct Fellow | Ambassador | Motivational Speaker
Tax compliance and regulations | BlueRock
Investment Manager at BridgeLane Group
Founding Director at Creo Legal
Tax Queen | Techie | AI Enthusiast
Board Advisor | Capital Raising Sub Committee at 1WordFlow
R&D Tax Consultant at Fullstack Advisory
CEO, Investor and Mentor
Entrepreneur and Senior Media/Tech Executive
Founder Partner & Director at Rad I Head of Content at amaysim
Associate Director | BlueRock
Obama Foundation Leader: Asia Pacific - consulting on Social Impact | Strategic Communications | Creative Campaigns
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.
The Gaimaragal Group Pty Ltd and Vivid Indigenous Services
Senior Accountant | BlueRock
Former Chief Veterinary Officer at NSW DPI
Taronga Conservation Society Australia Board Member
CEO ReadyFundGo | Non-Executive Director I Strategy, Innovation, Sustainability, Digital Disruption, CSR
Biologist and Science Communicator
Operations and Business Development at Macchina Volantis.
Founder (x4) | Advisor | Consultant
Climate tech investor and Managing Partner of Virescent Ventures
Scientist |Entrepreneur | Advisory & Angel investor
Non-Executive Board Director | Chief Customer and Marketing Officer | Strategic Advisor | Investor
Principal at William Buck | Advisor to the Tech Sector | R&D and ESOP Specialist
Founder | Startup Coach | Software Engineer
Virtual and Real-time Production | Game Engines | Virtual Production Tools