Hatch enables a new generation of innovative, connected and commercially savvy young people to realise their leadership and entrepreneurial potential.

Hatch is where Pasifika youth aged 16-26 transform innovative ideas into commercial reality. Hatch’s unique learning approach has been developed to respond to the changing world we live in.

The programme combines tertiary educational opportunities through Hatch partner Massey University with a bespoke, intensive, wrap-around system, that leverages real world experience to support accelerated commercial growth and new and diverse leadership within our communities and Aotearoa.


You will have access to a range of awesome experts for masterclasses and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Business Champions

Your business will get regular health checks to keep you on track, focused and growing.

Innovation Space

For the first 12 months, you will have a hot desk office environment for your business to work from including a Virtual CE to support your journey.


If you want to work or study alongside the programme we have all of the options tailored for you.


As young entrepreneurs, HATCH gives you a key to unlock finance and future investment potential.


Set up your business right, learn the in’s and outs of scaling and building your business into success.


Get all the support you need to shout about your business through great marketing.


We have great partners that help you to access networks and awesome deals

Can I apply?

If you are a New Zealand resident of Pasifika descent between 16 – 26 years old and have an existing business, you can apply!

How much does it cost?

Nothing! If you are accepted to be part of Hatch, the only thing you need to be worried about is being committed to building a successful enterprise.

What are the key dates I need to know about?

Applications will open on 2 October but will close on 6 November, so make sure you apply now! We will be announcing the successful teams on 20 November and the programme will begin in February 2018.

How long does this programme take?

It will take 3 years. The first year is the more hands on time where you will be coached in every aspect of your business by our specialist team and experts. For the next two years, you will have quarterly health checks and sessions with our specialist team to ensure that you track well and plugged in to commercial opportunities.

Can we change our product or service during the programme?

Absolutely! Being part of Hatch, you’re expected to challenge your business idea to make sure that the product or service you’re providing can survive and succeed commercially.

What can I study during the HATCH programme?

Hatch allows you to create your own educational pathway. Get in touch with us for more information!

What if I live outside of Auckland can I still apply?

Yes, you can!

How many people can apply for one business?

You can have a team of up to 5 people.

When does it start?

We start in February 2018.

Who can I talk to about an application?

Get in touch with Eseta through eseta.leau@pacificbusiness.co.nz

What school qualifications do I need to apply for the Hatch programme?

It would be ideal if you have University Entrance but if you haven’t, don’t worry! There are other factors that we can look at.

Where is the office based for the Hatch programme?

It is based at 101 Station Road, Penrose, Auckland


Applications are now open for the Hatch Programme. Please fill out the form below and click the send button to submit your application. Once we receive your application we will asses the information you provide to us and determine whether or not you will be accepted into the programme.

We will be announcing the successful teams in November and the programme will begin in February 2019, so please make sure that if you apply, that you are able to commit to starting in February 2019.

Applications will close on the 6th of November.


Our Programme has very specific entry criteria, so please make sure you meet what is required before applying for the programme:

  • New Zealand resident of Pasifika descent
  • between 16 – 26 years old
  • have an existing business


We do amazing things with awesome people and partners to create the right environment for high growth Pacific businesses to thrive.


‘the engine room behind Hatch’

About Hatch

Hatch embodies our commitment to developing both individual and business potential, scaling Pacific business ownership and capabilities, and focusing on continued economic development of the Pacific community. The programme runs over three years tracking the journey of our rising stars to provide invaluable insights into their strengths and successes, and most importantly to provide a roadmap for unlocking the potential of our communities through our youth; all while making provision for participants to align their tertiary education with a commercially viable business of their own creation.