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The Hatchery offers incubation services to Chicago entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry. We are a one-stop-shop that offers individualized support, a holistic approach to training, and a strong community of like-minded entrepreneurs.

What We Offer

Events, Classes & Workshops

Open to the Public

The Hatchery’s curriculum is designed to address topics relevant to early-stage food & beverage business entrepreneurs, as well as changing trends and regulatory matters in the food industry. 

 

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    We host Monthly Networking and Speaker Series Events where you can meet fellow entrepreneurs, members of our community, service providers, and food system enthusiasts!

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    Cornerstone course Starting a Food Business is held monthly, and is the recommended seminar for anyone interested in launching their own food business.

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    Subjects also covered in our curriculum include Legal & Regulatory, Finance & Tax, Culinary Arts & Food Science, Operations & HR, Branding, Marketing, & Public Relations, and Sales, Commerce, & Distribution.

Members-only resources

The Hatchery’s members receive exclusive benefits, including coaching, special opportunities, and discounts from Hatchery partners.

Get started with these free resources:

City of Chicago Shared User Kitchen Licenses
Business Model Canvas
SafeServ Food Handler & FSSMC licenses

FDA’s A Food Labeling Guide

Access to Financing

Entrepreneurs have access to financing in the form of networking events and our partner Accion. While many financing opportunities are open to the public, members receive even more opportunities and introductions.

Strategic connections

As a member of our community, you’ll form strategic connections to grow your business.

Consulting

The Hatchery provides one-on-one consulting. Our members receive a discounted rate. Rates are as follows:

Pre-Revenue

Hatchery Member $30/hour

Non-member $35/hour

Up to $50,000 in revenue

Hatchery Member $40/hour

Non-member $50/hour

$100,000 – $500,000 in revenue

Hatchery Member $50/hour

Non-member $60/hour

$500,000 – $1M in revenue

Hatchery Member $60/hour

Non-Member $70/hour

$1M+ in revenue

Hatchery Member $70/hour

Non-Member $90/hour

Hatchery Entrepreneur Membership comes with two free, one-on-one, one-hour consultations with Hatchery staff.