Food Entrepreneurs


While The Hatchery’s classes and events are open to the public, other offerings and discounts are restricted to Members only.

The Hatchery offers two types of Membership to entrepreneurs in the Chicagoland area who wish to use The Hatchery’s incubation services, based on the stage of their business: Level 1 and Level 2.

Level 2 Entrepreneur Membership:

Level 2 Membership comes with the full suite of incubator services (see table below for details). Members are accepted 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.


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

Level 1 Entrepreneur Membership:

Entrepreneurs who do not meet all the criteria for Level 2 Membership will be considered for Level 1, which comes with all the basics of Level 2: 50% off classes, free networking events, coaching, discounts from Hatchery partners, and much more. See table below for more details.


Entrepreneurs must still have their operations/production in the Chicagoland area.

BenefitsLevel 1  Entrepreneur MemberLevel 2 Entrepreneur Member
Application Fee$50$50
Annual Dues$200$250
50% off classes and seminars
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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Ready to Join the Community?

Cornerstone Class

Starting a Food Business

Are you are in the early concept stages of starting a food business? We highly recommend you first take our Starting a Food Business class.

Not an Entrepreneur? You Still Belong.

We invite other individuals and companies that would like to become a part of The Hatchery community and support our social mission to become a Network Member.

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.

The Hatchery also offers opportunities to be listed in our internal Service Provider database, to lead by teaching, and more. 

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    Attend Networking Events

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    Join as a Network Member

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    List in Our Service Provider Database

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    Learn about Teaching & Coaching Opportunities

Apply for Entrepreneur Membership

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