Make Room for Innovation.
UBC’s new on-campus startup incubator HATCH provides high-tech entrepreneurs with creative spaces, a networking café, the tools to build prototypes, and the mentorship to guide start-ups. HATCH is a collaboration among entrepreneurship@UBC (e@UBC), the Institute for Computing, Information, and Cognitive Systems (ICICS), the Faculties of Applied Science and Science, the Sauder School of Business, and the University-Industry Liaison Office.
HATCH is an important knowledge translation conduit for a wide range of UBC technology research stemming from faculty, graduate/undergrad students and recent alumni. Seasoned e@UBC Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) mentor participating ventures, and guide them toward market launch. An important aspect of HATCH is having the ventures clustered in close proximity, providing a significant opportunity for newer ventures to learn from those that are more advanced.
The facility consists of 520 m2 (5,597 ft2) of office, meeting, project, and maker space, and will be staffed by a full-time technician to provide hands-on support. The objective for HATCH is to be a fertile ecosystem comprising entrepreneurs, mentors, angel/venture funders, support programs, space, and equipment.
In many cases, joining HATCH will be the logical next step for teams that have validated their business opportunity through the e@UBC Lean Launch Pad program, have been accepted into e@UBC’s Venture Builder program, or are otherwise ready to begin growing their venture. Admission is through a competitive intake process, and technology-based social ventures are very much part of the vision of making an impact.
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UBC President Santa Ono raises a glass to HATCH during a visit.
The water he’s drinking was purified by HATCH startup Acuva’s LED-based portable purifier.