Why The Hatchery is Right for You!

Types of Membership

 

If you are in the early concept stages of starting a food business, we recommend you take our Starting a Food Business class.

Entrepreneur Member

Entrepreneurs who wish to take advantage of The Hatchery's incubation services should apply for this Membership option. There are two levels of Membership depending on the stage of your company. The Hatchery accepts Level 2 Entrepreneur Members based on the following criteria: proof of concept, full-time commitment to the business, all business licensing and registrations in place, operations/production in the Chicagoland area, compliance with regulatory requirements, and a minimum of 6 months in operation with demonstrated sales. Earlier stage entrepreneurs who do not meet these criteria may qualify for Level 1 Entrepreneur Membership provided they are operating/producing in the Chicagoland area.  After applying for Entrepreneur Membership and paying the application fee, you will be contacted by a member of the Hatchery team who will advise you on which Membership Level you qualify for (in some rare cases you may be redirected to Network Membership).

* Entrepreneur Membership is not guaranteed to all applicants, and additional information including financials and proof of concept may be requested.

Network Member

We invite individuals and companies that would like to become a part of the Hatchery community and support our social mission to become Network Members. This membership is designed for service providers, investors, media correspondents, corporations interested in the food space, and food enthusiasts who are actively invested in contributing to our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Service Provider

If you are not physically located in the Chicagoland area or simply want to be listed in our internal service provider database without the networking opportunities, you can sign up here. We strongly encourage all service providers who select this option to send us a brief brochure outlining your services, and to offer discounts for Hatchery Members.

The Benefits of Membership

Level 2 Entrepreneur Membership

50%  off classes and workshops

Free networking events

Opportunities to participate in trade shows and special industry events at free or heavily discounted rates

Human resources and employment services (including internship placement opportunities)

Access to data

Opportunities to participate in markets and sampling events at free or heavily discounted rates

Discounts on goods & services from Hatchery partners

Invitations to exclusive industry events

One-on-one coaching sessions from industry leaders

Two free one-on-one one-hour consultations w/ Hatchery staff

Discounted one-on-one one-hour consultations w/ Hatchery staff

Strategic connections and business-building referrals

Access to financing opportunities

Inclusion in Hatchery entrepreneur community

Occasional promotion through Hatchery channels

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Level 1 Entrepreneur Membership

50%  off classes and workshops

Free networking events

Opportunities to participate in markets and sampling events at free or heavily discounted rates

Discounts on goods & services from Hatchery partners

Invitations to exclusive industry events

One-on-one coaching sessions from industry leaders

Two free one-on-one one-hour consultations w/ Hatchery staff

Discounted one-on-one one-hour consultations w/ Hatchery staff

Strategic connections and business-building referrals

Access to financing opportunities

Inclusion in Hatchery entrepreneur community

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Network Member Membership

50%  off classes and workshops

Free networking events

Invitations to exclusive industry events

Strategic connections and business-building referrals

Inclusion in Hatchery entrepreneur community

Listing on internal resource database

Exclusive information on up-and-coming trends and innovation in the startup food space taking place at The Hatchery

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Service Provider Listing 

Listing on internal resource database

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