HATCH

HATCH

Hatching brilliant ideas for the planet.

Taronga is committed to conservation, and we believe innovation is a key part of securing a shared future for people and wildlife.

We have an exciting line up of programs to support environmental innovators at all stages. If you’re interested to be involved, we’d love to hear from you.

Hatch: Taronga Accelerator Program logo

Welcome to HATCH: Taronga Accelerator Program. HATCH aims to inspire, support and launch innovative ideas and actions to help address some of the most pressing environmental and conservation challenges currently facing our planet. 

We are calling on innovators, thought leaders, disruptors, developers, passionate individuals and everyone in between to help develop and implement brilliant ideas for the planet. 

One simple idea could change the future. The future starts today. What’s your brilliant idea?

Kickstart Your Journey to Ecopreneurship - Be Inspired

Catch up on two inspiring conversations with ecopreneurs and conservation experts who have applied their skills and experience from a range of backgrounds to exciting new startup ventures to do good for themselves, their customers and the planet.

Webinar 1: So You Want to be an Ecopreneur

This conservation is packed full of engaging insights and advice from our panel of changemakers – Natalie Kyriacou OAM, Founder and CEO of My Green World, Catherine Hutchins and Aniyo Rahebi, Co-Founders of Good Edi, and Fergus Woollcombe, Founder and CEO of The Pedal Club – on how they have combined their corporate experience with their commitment to the environment to establish environmentally positive startups. 

Webinar 2: Eco-Expert to Ecopreneur

In this conversation with conservation leaders Nick Boyle, Taronga's Director of Welfare, Conservation and Science, Camille Goldstone-Henry, Founder of Xylo Systems, and Charlotte Mills, Head of Ecology at AirSeed we explore the opportunities for conservationists and environmentalists to turn their expertise into exciting startup ventures and how this can be a win-win for you and the planet!
 

Idea Generation Program 2022

We recognise that many people want to be an ecopreneur but don’t yet have a specific solution in mind, or may have an inkling of an idea but aren’t sure where to start. So we have created the Idea Generation Program specifically for you.

Join us for a FREE six week online development program to help you explore key conservation challenges and apply design thinking and systems thinking to develop solutions to these challenges. 

This is your opportunity to connect with like-minded legends who want to help our planet, explore new ways of thinking to design innovative solutions, and see where the experience leads. You might find a co-founder or be the next HATCH Accelerator Program Winner!

The program is open to anyone Australia-wide 18 years and over, and we strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to join us. We know that fresh perspectives and a mix of skills and experience can be the start of amazing initiatives and are excited to see what this program will hatch. Places are limited so don’t miss out!
 

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Program dates 2022

Session DatesSession TimeSession Focus
Thursday 19 May12pm - 2pm AESTIntro to Conservation Challenges
Thursday 26 May12pm - 2pm AESTIntro to Design Thinking
Thursday 2 June12pm - 2pm AESTIntro to Systems Thinking and Problem Mapping
Thursday 9 June12pm - 2pm AESTQ&A Time
Thursday 16 June12pm - 2pm AESTPreparing Your Pitch
Thursday 23 June12pm - 2pm AESTPitch Your Solutions

 

Pre-Accelerator Program 2022

Do you have an idea that aims to positively impact Australian wildlife or the natural environment? If you’ve got an innovative idea, we can help you set the critical foundations for success through the HATCH Pre-Accelerator Program.

Over six weeks this FREE online development program will help you to: 

  • Clearly articulate the problem you are addressing,
  • Clearly articulate your solution to the problem,
  • Develop your Theory of Change and Social Business Canvas, and
  • Develop a plan for first round market testing of you solution

This is a great opportunity to accelerate your startup journey and connect with other awesome changemakers, as well as some of the inspiring HATCH alumni and accomplished mentors.

The program is open Australia-wide 18 years and older; places are limited and selection is merit based. If this sounds like your next step, please register your interest and we’ll be in touch with more information.
 

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Program Dates 2022

Session DatesSession TimeSession Focus
Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 SeptemberAll dayInterviews for Program Selection
Saturday 8 October9.30am - 1pm AEDTProgram welcome; Purpose, Vision, Mission and Values
Tuesday 11 October5pm - 7pm AEDTSocial Entrepreneurship and Impact-led Business
Tuesday 18 October5pm - 7pm AEDTSocial Impact and Theory of Change
Tuesday 25 October5pm - 7pm AEDTDesign Thinking and Prototyping
Wednesday 2 November5pm - 7pm AEDTMarket Testing and Agile Development
Tuesday 8 November5pm - 7pm AEDTValue Proposition and Social Business Canvas
Tuesday 15 November5pm - 7pm AEDTThe Social Entrepreneur Journey
Saturday 19 November9.30am - 1pm AEDTTeams presentations and program wrap-up

 

HATCH 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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HATCH program overview and structure

Program Dates 2023

StageLocationDates
Applications openOnlineTuesday 1 November 2022
Applications closeOnlineTuesday 17 January 2023
Applications reviewOnlineMid-January to early February 2023
Short-listed applications to provide additional informationOnlineEarly February 2023
Short-listed applicants panel interviewsVia video conferenceMonday 27 and Tuesday 28 February 2023
Program participants confirmedOnlineEarly March 2023
Program welcome sessionOnlineTuesday 28 March 2023, 5pm - 7pm AEDT/AEST
Immersive One (in-person)Taronga Zoo SydneyThursday 30 March to Saturday 1 April 2023
Weekly workshopsOnlineTuesday 9 May to Tuesday 20 June 2023, 5pm - 7pm AEST
Immersive Two (in-person)Taronga Zoo SydneyThursday 4 May to Saturday 6 May
Weekly workshopsOnlineTuesday 9 May to Tuesday 20 June 2023, 5pm - 7pm AEST
Pitch event preparation, judging and public pitch event (in-person)Taronga Zoo SydneyTuesday 27 June to Wednesday 28 June 2023
Public pitch event (in-person)Taronga Zoo Sydney and onlineWednesday 28 June 2023, 6pm - 8pm AEST

 

Eligibility criteria

  • Open to Australian citizens and permanent residents only  
  • All applicants must be 18 years and over    
  • Teams can be a maximum of 4 people per team; individual applicants are welcome    
  • Initiatives must align to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to Taronga’s 360 degree approach to conservation    
  • Initiatives must be delivered in Australia to benefit/support the Australian environment    
  • Not for profit and social enterprise initiatives are welcomed; for profit initiatives are not eligible for this program    
  • If applying as an organisation, the organisation will likely have an annual revenue of less than $150,000    
  • All participants must comply with the Terms and Conditions associated with the HATCH Program    
  • All participants must comply with Taronga’s Code of Conduct

What is an accelerator?

Think of an accelerator as similar to a University or TAFE unit – a structured, fixed term development program. However, the purpose of an accelerator program is not only to educate, but to help participants to develop and refine their initiative or business venture.

During the HATCH program, you will undertake education sessions, peer collaboration, and have access to mentors from a range of different expertise. You will also undertake work on your game changing idea or product for the planet in your own time. 

Accelerators often provide seed capital to participants as well. HATCH: Taronga Accelerator Program will provide $2,000 to each participating team. 

At the end of the structured program, participants will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. The panel will provide feedback and determine which idea or product is the overall winner and recipient of the major funding. 

If you have an innovative idea, an accelerator such as HATCH is a great place to develop your idea with the support of experts, and to meet and collaborate with like-minded people. 

HATCH program inclusions

  • The opportunity to receive up to $50,000 to bring your brilliant idea to life 
  • $2,000 seed funding for each team participating in the program (at zero equity)
  • A blended approach of face to face workshops (subject to COVID-19 restrictions), online sessions and digital modules to provide you with the knowledge to develop your initiative 
  • Expert learning, guidance and support from mentors and subject matter experts including Taronga experts, industry professionals, and not-for-profit and social enterprise leaders

Your brilliant idea is...

  • Targeted to address a key conservation or environmental challenge
  • An innovative approach to address the issue you’re targeting
  • Designed to make a positive impact on the natural environment
  • Aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Taronga’s 360 degree approach to conservation (see below)
  • A concept, pre-launch or early stage venture – you bring the concept, we’ll help you to assess, test and validate it
  • Is established as, or plans to develop into, a not-for-profit or social enterprise organisation 
  • Has potential to scale up for ever greater impact over time

Taronga's 360 degree approach to conservation

Taronga's 360 Degree Approach to Conservation

At Taronga we recognise that to achieve successful conservation of species we must also consider and support the habitat in which the species live, and the communities that interact with the species and habitat. Below are some examples of activities that Taronga undertakes under each area that may help you to consider how your initiative aligns to these areas.

Wildlife

  • Monitoring of wild populations
  • Breed for release programs
  • Rescue and rehabilitation of injured native wildlife
  • Research and development of suitable nutrition 

Habitat

  • Habitat restoration, e.g. tree planting for Regent Honeyeaters 
  • Ensuring suitable habitat for native species within our two Zoo grounds
  • Researching and monitoring habitat use

Communities

  • Guest, student and community education programs
  • Tools to enable the public to protect wildlife, e.g. the Wildlife Witness app
  • Working with local communities to address challenges and be self-sufficient, e.g. Beads for Wildlife

HATCH delivery team

The HATCH program is led by Danielle Fryday and Tom Allen, with involvement and support from other members of the Taronga and Impact Boom teams. 

Danielle Fryday - Lead Facilitator

Danielle Fryday

Danielle is the Co-Founder of the HATCH: Taronga Accelerator Program and Lead Facilitator. Danielle combines her ten years of experience in adult learning and development, three years’ experience at Taronga and her passion for supporting others to design and deliver the HATCH program and help passionate 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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Mentors and subject matter 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

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Kylie Green

Kylie Green

Founder & Director at The Lime Agency

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Lachlan Harris

Lachlan Harris

Co-Founder at Remediator | Founder & CEO of RevTech Media

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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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Luke Mills

Luke Mills

Senior Associate, Clean Energy Innovation Fund

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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

Strategic Advisor | Sustainable business models and strategic planning for for-purpose organisations

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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

Director - Innovation Fund at Clean Energy Finance Corporation

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Dr Julie Vonwiller

Dr Julie Vonwiller

Director of Vonwiller Foundation.

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Additional information

Frequently asked questions

Interested in the HATCH program and want to know more? Keen to apply but have a few burning questions?

Past Programs

See what's hatched! View past teams and their ideas as well as the annual pitch events.

Green Grants

Taronga has supported innovative conservation ideas since 2011 through our Green Grants program. Read about our past winners and the great work they are doing to support the conservation of our environment.