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Hatch Supports Founders

PROGRAMMING & MENTORS

A 3-day hackathon, accelerator and party for WNC startups. Pitch, build and win prizes including seed funding and office space at Hatch!

SPACE

A 1-day accelerator event for early stage businesses to present their MVP to Hatch mentors for expert advice & the chance to win seed funding.

SUPPORT SERVICES

Our annual celebration of entrepreneurs in the Asheville community! Proclaimed by the Mayor and co-hosted with area partners Venture Asheville & The Collider.

Membership

Our annual celebration of entrepreneurs in the Asheville community! Proclaimed by the Mayor and co-hosted with area partners Venture Asheville & The Collider.

Programming

Hatch offers world class programs to support founders as they move from idea, to business plan, to test market and finally to scale.  Examples include: Hatch Pitch Parties, Hatch Pressure Tests, Hatch Roundtables and Hatch’s Slack channel: 

Hatch Pitch Parties

Are you ready to get your Pitch on? Even if it’s your first time, you can practice your 60 second Pitch on a room full of fun and supportive entrepreneurs. 

HATCH PRESSURE TESTS

Pressure Tests  are for veteran entrepreneurs who wish to add rocket fuel to their high growth venture. Over an action packed 90 day block, Pressure Tests tackle a key assumption or challenge in a startup’s business plan, typically culminating in a “selling experiment.” They are challenging, and acceptance into this program is prestigious.

HATCH RoundTables

One of the best ways for founders to support founders is to come together in a small, trusted group and talk about challenges and solutions.  Roundtables are typically 8-10 founders who meet in a semi-structured social setting every 1 to 2 months.

HATCH SLACK

Hatch members get access to Hatch’s Slack channel that provides a simple, daily means to make connections and seek support.

Coming Soon – Even more!

 

Mentorship

Founders supporting Founders, in the trenches, every day.

At Hatch, we don’t just believe in the impact of Founder engagement, we live and breathe it. Our team of expert advisers, investors, and product developers help to lead an impressive and highly active WNC Mentoring Network.

 

If you’d like to find out how to engage with our Mentors, please reach out to submit a membership application.

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MENTORS

Asheville and WNC are great places to live, and attract a wide range of experienced founders and business experts.  Here’s a sampling of some of the mentors on our team.

George Glackin

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Jon Jones

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Charlie Ball

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Angela Brandt

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Scott Swarts

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Meg Ragland

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Jeff Kaplan

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Chris Buehler

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Mike Baer

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Eileen Hutchison

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Chris Fink

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The Space

Co-working and more in  the Heart of Downtown Asheville

Hatch is located in downtown Asheville, centrally located in the heart of Western North Carolina.  Hatch has 18,000 square feet of space, on its way to nearly 40,000 square feet by the end of 2021.  In our facility we offer office space for small companies, single person offices, coworking desks, event space and classrooms.  Off-street parking is conveniently located behind the building, and the building is wired with high speed fiber optic cable.  Please click the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page if you’d like access to Hatch’s space offerings.

Services

Our partners show up every day for our Founders

Startups and small businesses count on a wide range of support services to grow their businesses.  Hatch has partnered with these support firms and groups:

  • Van Winkle Law Firm – law & IP services
  • Main Street Insurance – insurance services
  • Mountain BizWorks – business lending & learning
  • Venture Asheville – mentorship, financing & events
  • 1 Million Cups – networking for founders & talent

Membership

Interested in becoming a member and gaining access to Hatch’s amazing community and resources?

We have some simple entry criteria to become a Hatch Member:

  • Your Company must have a business model that supports rapid scaling and high growth. The Company must be a viable candidate to achieve $1M sales revenue, and employ or enable the employment of 10 people, in the next 5 years.
  • You, the Founder(s), must have the ambition, drive and ability to achieve high growth.
  • You, the Founder(s), must have the ambition and ability to “pay it forward” as part of the Hatch Community. This means mentoring other founders, formally or informally, and playing at least a supporting role in Hatch Programming.
  • Your Company must have its corporate HQ in Asheville/WNC, or be willing to relocate the corporate HQ to Asheville/WNC.

What a Founder and Company “Gets” from Hatch Membership

  • Access to the Hatch Network of proven mentors, programming, founders, talent, third-party support, and investors.
  • Specifically, access to the Hatch Slack channel to directly reach out to all network members.
  • Access to Hatch Programming at a discounted rate.
  • Use of the Hatch common space and amenities.
    • Note that rental of office space or coworking desks is covered under a separate agreement with the building owner. Hatch members receive a discount with Hatchworks Coworking.
  • Recognition on the Hatch website and social media as a Hatch Member Company.

What a Founder and Company “Gives” to Hatch

  • Agree to report and have progress tracked from Idea-to-Market.
  • Expected to “Pay it Forward” to other Hatch founders via formal or informal mentorship, and participation in Hatch Programming.
  • Annual Company  Membership Fee of $99.  However, Hatch never wants money to be the reason why a founder can’t become a Hatch member. If you can’t yet afford an annual membership, just contact us at info@hatchavl.org, and we’ll provide a “no questions asked” annual membership for free

Hatch Membership does not end once your company achieves the $1M revenue level.  Founders can and should continue to “pay it forward” to the next generation of Hatch founders.  Please click the CONTACT US link below for more information about how to become a member.