The Entrepreneurship Hatchery  ☰ 

Established in 2012, the Hatchery NEST is U of T engineering-based process, with more than 67 startups launched since its creation. Hatchery NEST-born products and services include robotic exoskeletons to help provide physiotherapy to children with disabilities, A.I. driven antibody search services to help researchers, and the reinvention of the Allan hex key. One of the NEST’s most recent successes is Kepler Communications, which raised more than $5MM in seed funding for its network of low-cost telecommunication cube satellites and recently launched its first model.

But the Hatchery NEST is not just a place to develop startups – it is an experiential learning opportunity that instills and nurtures the entrepreneurial mindset in all U of T students and faculty. In the Hatchery’s unique environment, students experience the successes and failures of the entrepreneurial journey within a challenging yet supportive setting. Co-founders are encouraged to embrace and overcome risk as a vital element of their journey, creating not only successful entrepreneurs, but also the next generation of leaders as means of societal change.

Application Deadline: Jan 31st

OUR PROCESS

EVANGELISM

Join us at over 40 events hosted each year to introduce students to entrepreneurship, the processes offered at the Hatchery, and potential co-founders.

SUMMER COHORT

Develop your business model, minimum viable product, and pitching skills from May to August under the guidance of your Advisory Board.

GO-TO-MARKET

Make the final pitch on Demo Day, the culmination of the NEST process, for $42,500 worth in prize money for your startup.

EVANGELISM

Looking for inspiration, a startup idea, or a team? Join us at over 40 events hosted each year to introduce students to entrepreneurship, the processes offered at the Hatchery, and potential co-founders.

SUMMER COHORT

Taking place from the beginning of May to end of August, teams will work with their Advisory Board of business and technical mentors as well as Rotman MBA and UTM MMI (Master of Management and Innovation) students to develop a business canvas model, cash-flow runway, minimum viable product (MVP), and undergo rigorous biweekly pitching rounds.



WE PROVIDE

Advisory Board

ADVISORY BOARD

Mentorship from successful business and technical entrepreneurs, MBA students, and Masters of Management and Innovation (MMI) interns in compatible industries.

Funding

PROTOTYPE FUND

From Amazon Web services to SolidWorks and microcontrollers, funding will be provided for relevant software and hardware needs.

Workspace

WORKSPACE

The spacious 6th floor in the new Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CEIE) will provide a suite of resources that help students translate their ideas and innovations into viable businesses.

3D Printing

3D PRINTING

Ultimakers, ProJets, CNC machines, laser-cutters, and other tools are available in our prototyping space, located on the 4th floor of the CEIE.

GO-TO-MARKET

DEMO DAY

Taking place at the beginning of September each year, teams have the opportunity to pitch their startups to a panel of entrepreneurs, investors and mentors on Demo Day. In addition to prizes totalling $42,500, major business connections have been formed here.

NEST DEMO DAY VIDEO 2017


WHAT'S NEXT

Teams will continue to receive support from the Hatchery in areas such as law, accounting, and marketing until the team feels that they are ready to move on to another chapter of their entrepreneurship journey.

READY TO BUILD YOUR OWN STARTUP?