Launch your business in 6 months with personalized support and coaching
Dreaming of starting a food business? We invite you to explore our Sprouts Incubation Program– a six-month, holistic program developed by The Hatchery Chicago to ignite your entrepreneurial spirit and transform your business from idea to reality.
This cohort program is intended to accelerate your launch to market using Lean Startup methodologies and a supportive community. With essential tools and engaging monthly discussions, you will be able to determine viability and market demand quickly, and carefully position your brand for growth.
The program includes the following and more:
Business starter checklist
Licensing and certification guidance
Prototype and formulation templates
Business plan development
Graduation with a launched concept
Orientation and monthly sessions with The Hatchery Team
Free access to live classes and networking events
Free access to foundational on-demand classes
Access to coaching sessions with Hatchery Network Advisors
Assistance with competitive analysis and pitch deck
Discounted services and opportunities with partners
Occasional promotion through The Hatchery’s media channels
Community connections with fellow entrepreneurs
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Ideal candidates are dedicated, early stage entrepreneurs developing a consumer-packaged goods (CPG) brand, such as snacks, beverages, snacks, baked goods, catering company, meal delivery, or food truck.
During this six-month program, entrepreneurs will solidify their business plans, complete all required licensing to legally produce and sell, and prepare to launch their concepts.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and program start dates occur every quarter (3 months).
Next available start date: February 7, 2024
The Hatchery Chicago will provide the tools, guidance, and resources necessary to develop concepts into fully hatched businesses.
Please be advised that this program is intended to support your initiatives. For this to be successful, entrepreneurs must actively participate in sessions and continue business development on their own time. Engagement and responsiveness is key.
To graduate from the Sprout Program, participants are expected to:
Attend 3 in-person cohort sessions
Attend 3 virtual cohort sessions
Attend a minimum of 6 classes
Attend a minimum of 2 networking events
Participate in 3 individual coaching sessions
Application Fee: $25
Program Price: $500
*Only open to Chicago-based entrepreneurs