The Entrepreneurship Hatchery  ☰ 
About us
WE CREATE

STARTUPS
Founded in 2012, The Entrepreneurship Hatchery provides a comprehensive suite of programs and services designed to help students with entrepreneurial ambitions form teams, develop new competencies and launch their companies. Over the last five years, The Hatchery has helped to launch over 80 new startups, which collectively have raised close to $40 million in seed funding. Students start by attending events throughout the school year — the Hatchery offers Idea Markets, Speaker Series, Coffee Days, Cofounders Day, Hatchery Circle, Accelerator Weekend – events that nurture a strong culture of entrepreneurship on campus. From there, teams apply to one of the Hatchery’s four processes: Hatchery NEST, designed for all current U of T students, Hatchery LaunchLab, which caters to graduate-level research driven startups looking to commercialize their discoveries, Hatchery Social, which enables social impact startups such as non-for-profit and social critical challenges, and the Start@UTIAS+Hatchery, which is a process designed for UTIAS students or recent graduates with the goal of feeding into either the NEST or LaunchLab stream.
OUR PROGRAMS
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Hatchery NEST is an intensive four-month program running from May to August each year. Teams are matched with advisory boards including dedicated mentors,and have access to resources such as professional services, including lawyers to help secure intellectual property protection, and marketing experts to help refine branding.

Through bi-weekly pitch sessions, the teams also receive detailed feedback on how to hone their message and build the confidence that will enable them to attract their first investors. The process culminates in Demo Day, held early each September, where the remaining teams compete for a share of more than $40,000 in seed funding.
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Enabling Graduate and Faculty-level Research Driven Startup Companies.

Providing support to research -based startups, led by graduate students and faculty. We enable teams to sustain themselves while they complete the steps necessary to define a business model for their technology and attract investment.
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A partnership between the Hatchery and the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies students (UTIAS), accepted teams must have at least one UTIAS student (or recent graduate) to receive funding, mentorship and access to resources.
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Build to enable social impact startups, such as non-for-profit or social critical challenges.

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The Hatchery Alumni program, will enable Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE) Alumni to make use of The Entrepreneurship Hatchery platform in the creation of their own startups.

WHAT IS DEMO DAY?

Demo Day is the culmination of The Hatchery NEST, a four-month process which pairs student teams with experienced mentors -- including executives, lawyers, entrepreneurs etc. -- to develop their businesses. They receive detailed feedback on their business plans, explore their proposed market, learn about patents and marketing, and build prototypes using 3D printers and other fabrication resources.

THE TEAM
JOSEPH OROZCO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PRATYUSH RAMAN OPERATIONS LEAD
REEM ABUGHAZALEH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OFFICER
BYRON LIAO SOFTWARE DEVELOPER LEAD
CHRISTOPHER CHAN SOFTWARE DEVELOPER
DANIEL MATU SOFTWARE DEVELOPER
ANTHONY KHALIL LAUNCH LAB CO-LEAD
BELINDA HOANG GRAPHIC DESIGNER LEAD
GRACE CHAN GRAPHIC DESIGNER
JENNIFER WANG OPERATIONS ASSISTANT
AAKASH IYER OPERATIONS ASSISTANT
ALFREDO MARTINEZ GO-TO-MARKET CONNECTOR
PAULO ESCUDERO GO-TO-MARKET CONNECTOR
JACKIE WU GO-TO-MARKET CONNECTOR
RINI SHARMA GO-TO-MARKET CONNECTOR
OUR ADVISORY BOARD
ADJ.PROF. JOSEPH OROZCO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PROF. CHRISTOPHER YIP DEAN, FACULTY OF APPLIED SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING
PROF. JONATHAN ROSE CHAIR, ADVISORY BOARD
PROF. MARK FOX MEMBER, ADVISORY BOARD
PROF. MARK KORTSCHOT MEMBER, ADVISORY BOARD
PROF. JOSEPH PARADI MEMBER, ADVISORY BOARD