This exclusive, 4-month programme brings together the most impactful business support and leadership training under one roof. We have designed our programme based on insight gained by working with and listening to more than 100 female founders, as well as our experience supporting over 300 entrepreneurs in the last 3 years.
You will gain:
“There are so many incredible ideas out there and that’s lucky because we face a number of challenges right now – so why would we ignore half our brainpower? We need to support female founders urgently and Hatch’s Female Founders Accelerator is one great way we can super-charge this support!”
Martha Lane Fox CBE
Cross bench peer – House of Lords, Co-founder – lastminute.com
Gain greater awareness of the strengths and potential of both your company and yourself. Become more confident in your ability to sustainably develop your business.
Gain knowledge in a range of areas including: finance, the legal/ tax regulatory environment, customer acquisition, HR, leadership and project management.
Awards and endorsements give recognition and raise the extent to which your business attracts public awareness. Our events can help connect you with new audiences to get your brand out there.
Develop a comprehensive business plan for the successful operation of your business, identifying potential sources of revenue and expanding your customer base
Gain access to infrastructure and resources, which will enable you to work effectively. This may include office space, online resources, IT, or specific equipment. Discover the importance of personal values and wellbeing in running and growing a sustainable business.
Through consulting you will be able to new build investment propositions, enabling you to access financial avenues that might be otherwise unavailable.
We are supporting London-based women entrepreneurs who started their business at least 1 year ago, have at least £20,000 annual turnover and employ at least one member of staff. If this is you, please apply:
Applications are open now! New programme launching 2018.
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GLOBAL7 was created by Medina Ashabi Ajikawo (Actress & Motivational Speaker), a vibrant dynamic agency representing talented versatile Actors from across the globe for Film, Television, Theatre, Commercials, Voice-Overs, Radio and Stills Photography.
We are rapidly growing, developing contacts within the industry, and are already generating a high level of interest among industry professionals from casting directors to talent seeking representation and promotion of their talents. In addition to representation we deliver groundbreaking Acting for Film & Television short evening courses in Soho, designed for adults who are passionate and have an interest in developing their screen acting skills. These short courses will inspire and motivate you and build your confidence in acting. Students learn how to develop a character, how to approach a script and screen techniques in a supportive and creative environment. Further screen acting training is encouraged at intermediate and advanced levels for those wanting to pursue an acting career.
GLOBAL7 is now providing a great showreel service that will take the actors career to the next level, think GLOBAL!
GLOBAL7, with the experience, competence, commitment and cultural understanding, coupled with a strong can-do approach, will not lack in energy in inspiring their clients to succeed in what is generally perceived as one of the most challenging industries to break into. We are in the business of making things happen.
We represent professionally trained and experienced actors from all quarters of the world and social backgrounds, and also provide opportunities for the development of aspiring actors with the drive, confidence and energy to succeed.
GLOBAL7 is committed to Inclusion and Equality Of Opportunity.
After 10 years of working in theatrical costume in London’s West End, Sarah combined her lifelong love of vintage fashion and practical sewing skills to set up Make Do and Mend: a beautiful treasure trove of unique vintage & retro fashion and accessories, handpicked and sourced from around the world by Sarah herself.
She now has a physical shop in Pop Brixton along with their own in-house reworked label – MDAM – creating more trend led pieces whilst ensuring nothing ever goes to waste!
Sarah joined the FFA to gain confidence growing her business in the way she wanted including how to manage a team and finding funding opportunities.
Emily is a qualified lawyer and mediator. She has a degree in Social Anthropology which she studied because of her interest in people and their cultures. She is a keen traveller, has visited over 38 countries and has a particular love of Africa. Through her travels she has had the opportunity to meet a great number of people and now enjoys hosting visitors to London! Air Peace of Mind represents the two aspects that she believes is important in the home sharing economy: hospitality and making guests feel at home. Air Peace of Mind was founded in early 2016 with the view to managing and hosting central London properties for both home owners and guests alike.
Big Mouth Gets is a London based social enterprise run by young graphic designers, who work to simplify political content to make it appeal to new audiences. Our aim is to increase political engagement by making democracy approachable, accessible and inclusive for everyone. We do this by producing graphics and data visualization to creatively showcase policy and better explain political output.
PositionDial is a free to use web application that helps you explore where you stand on issues you care about, see views from all sides and live your values. Position Dial’s goal is to support deeper democratic engagement, mutual understanding and stronger accountability. We build civic confidence and capacity in citizens, help people see the different sides of issues (bursting their filter bubbles) and frictionlessly collect, reveal and help people navigate data on meaningful (vote, campaign, buy) actions they can take in line with their positions: driving up trust and empowerment.
”What I liked that I haven’t got from other accelerators is more of a focus on designing your life and how business fits into your life. It made me feel I have more PERMISSION to be where I want to be and live the LIFE I WANT TO LIVE.’’
Debbie moved to China in 2013 to teach English but ended up training in Eye Lash Extensions and quickly becoming well known as the new UK expert! Since returning to the UK she set up her own company in Clapham, catering for career-driven woman who understand the of looking and feeling amazing with treatments that are non-invasive, classy and natural looking.
Bella Lash Brow is heading towards becoming a Training Academy training ambitious women in specialists skills and also setting them up as successful entrepreneurs.
Lara’s started Grenadine Escape when on holiday at 19 years old, by building a website which enabled her to earn money as a villa and yacht rental agent and visit the Caribbean during her French studies at Bristol University. She is in her element in natural surroundings, by water and has a very creative, imaginative mind, which means she’s happiest when fulfilling creative roles (strategic thinking, property photography, content creation, writing, website design) and building partnerships. She is also commercially driven to create a career/life through which I can protect plants and people.
Lara joined to FFA to pivot the business to become an aspirational lifestyle brand, which is more connected to wellbeing and nature.
LITTLE BUD is a flower company with a conscience. Through innovations in their supply chain, LITTLE BUD minimises their part in the huge environmental and social impact of the flower industry. Sourcing from British and Fair Trade growers, they supply flowers that are wild, seasonal, and fresh from the farm.
Georgie is an experienced strategy consultant, having worked across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia delivering agricultural development programmes and research for organisations including DFID, USAID, and the UN. She set foot on her first commercial flower farm outside Nairobi in 2015, and the seed for LITTLE BUD was planted.
Georgie joined the FFA to gain help with digital marketing strategy, investment raising, and platform development.
Rosie Goode is a clinical hypnotherapist, hypnobirthing expert, founder of Hypnobirthing Works, and teacher/trainer. With over 13 years in clinical practice, creating and delivering group and private courses throughout London, she has helped countless clients (over 2500 couples) achieve their dream of a positive birth.
Rosie is hoping to become the Headspace of Hypnobirthing and is looking at ways to put her expertise on line.
‘’I leave every session highly motivated, with new ideas and new ways of looking at my business. I’m very much enjoying the 1 to 1 business coaching, the female entrepreneurs sharing their journeys, and the inspiring women in the group – and we’re having fun!’’
Elle trained as lawyer at a leading tech law firm in the City, and specialised in advising tech and media companies of all sizes (Snapchat, Apple & Amazon to name a few) during which she developed a passion for advising companies in their early stages as she felt she could really add value to their businesses.
Elle founded Elletrepreneur in 2015 to simplify legal services for startups, providing affordable contracts and a solid legal structure for early-stage businesses. Elletrepreneur uses technology to streamline what goes on behind the scenes in providing legal services, without compromising on valued personal service. The end result: startups have bespoke legal documents tailored to their businesses at a fraction of the price.
Elle joined the FFA to gain help with developing tech, investment and marketing strategy.
Ieva Padagaite is a filmmaker at Blake House Filmmakers Coop making video for charities, social enterprises, academics and artists. Ieva is a storyteller dedicated to collaboration and the building of social, economic and environmental alternatives. She has written and directed a couple of award winning short films and is an active advocate and contributor in the cooperative movement. Her aspirations are to grow Blake House as a meaningful, dignified and democratic workplace for creatives and eventually make a move into fiction film and TV directing.
Ieva joined the FFA to grow the creative side of herself and the business and learn how to navigate the creative industry world.
Nuala has spent the past 18 years running Carnaval del Pueblo delivering large scale events which reveal and share with Londoners the authentic 19 country Latin American cultural heritage of music, dance and food in London. She is dedicated to giving Latin Americans in London a voice in the community and continuing to build integration between different groups in Elephant and Castle.
She is currently securing funding to be able to employ a team of people to deliver the various connected projects in the organisation, so she can free herself up to take the organisation in a new direction – bringing in key players to develop its commercial potential.
Ruth Rogers is the founder and Creative Director of The Canvas Café, a social enterprise café and creative venue that launched as London’s first Happy Café in 2015 and supports creative and social innovation in emotional health and well being. Ruth is also the founder and trustee of Body Gossip, a positive body image charity that has produced sell out theatre shows in London and Edinburgh, has collaborated with the Southbank Centre on the world’s first Body Love Flashmob, and has reached over 20,000 young people all over the UK with a unique programme of body confidence education programmes. Ruth was previously an actress, most notably puppeteering Joey’s Head in War Horse in the West End, and co-presenting CBeebies Radio for the BBC.
One of the reasons Ruth joined the FFA was to reshape her role within the business, so it allows her to spend more energy on the things she loves doing.
Karen has been working in the third sector since 2003, after a career with a large global advertising and marketing firm. Since turning her focus from the corporate world to the world of not-for-profit, she has accomplished many different roles within the third sector, from fundraising, event management, volunteer management, communication strategy and front-line experience with young people with complex and multiple disadvantage.
In 2015, Karen started her own consultancy agency, Absolute Alchemy, which hosts events within existing communities, to enable dialogue and create a call to action on issues around human rights and inclusivity and diversity. Karen is a Wellbeing Practitioner, a creative and relational practitioner, and this training has informed the way that she works on a daily basis both at Hatch and at Absolute Alchemy.
Karen joined Hatch in 2017, to manage the Female Founders Accelerator Programme and to host events such as the Beyond Good Business and Hatch’s Roundtable Discussions. She is also Hatch Alumni, from the Launchpad programme.
Sarah believes that shared musical experiences can transform the way we work together. In the last 10 years she has worked as a teacher, musician, facilitator, coach, researcher, songwriter and comedian and has been fascinated by the power of music in bringing people together.
Sarah combined all of this to create ‘Power of Uke’ – team building days with a difference. Colleagues spend a day learning the ukulele, reflecting on their organisation and then writing and performing a team song. Workshops push colleagues out of their comfort zone, develop leadership and communication skills, allowing them to re-establish a team identity and provide a long-lasting change in their team dynamics.
Helen is a business mentor, coach, TEDx speaker and founder of the global education social enterprise, Global People Project. Prior to this, Helen worked for over a decade in advertising on LVMH, Estée Lauder and P&G global brands. She has a Masters in Psychology and Philosophy from Edinburgh University and is a Neuroleadership Institute coach specialising in entrepreneurship and leadership. Helen currently runs the Female Founders Accelerator with Sarah and Karen.
Nikki is a professional empowerment coach, wellbeing facilitator and a community builder. She is delighted to be part of hatch as a coach and workshop facilitator.
Her passion is brining the best out of people helping them to identify their strengths and gifts and build their lives and work from that empowered place.
She works through one to one coaching and wellbeing workshops with groups, empowering people through facilitating creative spaces for personal growth and self discovery.
Her passion is helping youth, individuals, organisations, and communities to take self leadership and bring about positive change. She works with people to identify and understand their driving values, and make powerful and conscious choices in their lives and places of work that are in alignment with their purpose.
Nikki is the founder of Community of Opportunity, a project committed to creative platforms for transformation and intentional community.
When Nikki is not working with adults she is facilitating wellbeing and positive psychology workshop with young people, with Young Happy Minds.
You can learn more about Nikki here:
“My work with ambitious entrepreneurs revolves around gaining clarity and significantly raising confidence. A central part of this work is reminding yourself of why you do what you do gaining clarity about your uniqueness.
Many ambitious entrepreneurs have had bad experiences early in their career. That is one of the reasons they started for themselves and they really want to make a big impact. In my work I help leaders and entrepreneurs lift their confidence and sharpen their focus so that they can achieve much more of what´s really important to them.
A central part of this work is shadow work, which means looking at how bad experiences early in your career hold the key to lifting your confidence and take your business to the next level. This is powerful and transformational work which helps you grow your business while at the same time being true to yourself, your core beliefs and your most important values”.
I believe that everyone deserves to live a full life – the goal isn’t to smooth out life’s wrinkles, rather to change the way that we relate to life’s inevitable challenges so that they don’t overwhelm us and keep us rooted to the spot.
Having had a varied career in different industries and roles, the common denominator has always been personal development and fulfilment. My most rewarding roles have been where transformation has occurred in others as a result of my work, and it is this passion and commitment that lead me to what feels like an inevitable role as a coach.
My innate curiosity in people, what motivates and inhibits them, and her desire to see them develop and flourish lies at the heart of why and how she coaches. We all deserve to live life fully, to experience all that it has to bring, and I believe that coaching can help make this kind of personal development possible.
In addition to being a committed coach, I love my dog (all dogs in fact!), spending time in the outdoors, mountains, foraging, cooking and as much travel as I can.
After a 20-year career in corporate business Anne Burniston moved to the Mountains of the French Pyrenees to co-create a space to provide refuge for people preparing to take their next steps. Working with entrepreneurs to access their true path and purpose, discover meaning, adjust outlook, find belonging, build confidence and step into leadership. Her method is based on redefining relationships with time by tuning into your needs through focusing internally and listening to your body, your gut and your heart. Then setting your own tempo for life, choosing what to do and when. Using these techniques to guide your actions.
Anne has been coaching and mentoring Entrepreneurs, Corporate Employees and Individuals for over 20 years. She is a former Corporate Board Level Director with a Masters in Psychology, a certified Goal Mapping Practitioner and has a diploma in Personal Performance Coaching. She is the Founder of The Slow Coaches Ltd and runs monthly coaching programmes and individual coaching retreats.
Marianne is a business mentor, bestselling author (translated into 6 languages) and TEDx speaker featured in Guardian, Daily Mail (You Magazine), Glamour, Forbes Business Week, etc. Having created a thriving online-course based business that let her travel the world for years, she now specialises in helping business leaders develop a strategy to make things work on a higher level by playing to who they are – so you can make things stand out and work without losing all your time and headspace to your business.
Optimism Personified! Her many clients and acquaintances say that she has HUGE AND CONTAGIOUS POSITIVE ENERGY! She has dedicated her life to exceeding her own expectations and has learnt how to eliminate any fears or self-imposed limitations. From being shy, negative and insecure to feeling friendly, free and safe at all times in all situations; feeling confident in herself and her ability to truly appreciate life and all its beautiful surprises – ‘good’ and ‘bad’! Despite having a Masters in Economics, and having worked in the financial world in London for two years with Tullett Prebon, one of the brokers pioneers companies, she knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur and wanted to inspire others. So she started to deliver life & business coaching sessions to its bank customers (traders) so she could definitely quit her “awesome job” to pursue her dreams in full-time basis. One of her beliefs is: If everyone pursue their deepest passions, love and respect themselves, then the world would be very different! And everyone would contribute much more than we are at the moment, so she created The Happy World Company where she is organising workshops & seminars that involve different techniques such as Emotional Intelligence, Personal Development, Coaching and NLP.
Meg went to her first yoga class over 15 years ago because she wanted arms like Madonna’s. Despite hating every minute of it, weirdly she was hooked. Today she is the founder of Real Life Yoga, a movement to help people find ways to bring a little (or a lot) of yoga into their real lives. Real Life Yoga is just about to launch a world exclusive – F**k It Yoga in partnership with international bestselling author and sweary spiritual guru John C.Parkin. She still doesn’t have arms like Madonna, but no longer cares.
Emily Johnsson is a Transformational Life Coach and Business Mentor, and CEO and
Founder of Wish Tree.
At the heart of Emily’s work is supporting people to know that they are enough, and begin a journey of loving themselves more.
Emily says: “The ripples of self love are tremendous and far-reaching. When we know we are enough we can manifest what truly matters, be it in our relationships or in our business – our whole lives get to have an extreme make-over!”
As a Business Mentor, Emily also helps her clients to dig deep around purpose, ideal clients and story in order to create a solid foundation from which to launch or grow their business. It’s about creating success- from the inside out.
Minna Mustapää is a passionate entrepreneur and conscious business agent. She is a firm believer that businesses can act as the greatest change engines of our time and that communication is the key to everything. She helps companies maximize their growth and impact and enrich their client relationships. Over the past two years she has intensively trained herself in entrepreneurship, extraordinary leadership and how we as human beings function. Having invested nearly €45,000 in working with award winning mentors, receiving training from industry leaders and attending dozens of seminars and events, she is excited to be sharing her knowledge. She has an international upbringing which has given her a broad understanding of many cultures and an ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds. She has spent the past two years in start up communities in Zurich, San Francisco, London and Helsinki and is part of a global network of entrepreneurs and business owners. She continues to lead her own vision of bringing cauliflower pizza into the world and is grateful have passionate collaborators behind Caulizza.
In partnership with
J.P.Morgan Chase Foundation works with community partners to create pathways to opportunity by supporting workforce development, financial capability, small business development and community development in the regions where they do business. The Female Founders Programme is kindly supported by the J.P.Morgan Chase foundation.
Baillie is the founder and CEO of Spark Inside, a London-based charity pioneering the use of professional coaching in prisons to promote rehabilitation and desistance from crime. Previously, Baillie founded the US non-profit Venturing Out, providing entrepreneurship education to people in prison. Baillie holds a BA from Harvard College and MPhil from the University of Cambridge. She is a UK Ministry of Justice Policy Fellow ‘At Large’, 2017 Global Good Fellow, TEDx speaker, and member of the World Economic Forum community of Global Shapers.
Marte Borhaug leads Aviva’s digital public policy work across Aviva’s markets, working with Aviva’s newly established digital business and its digital technology venture capital fund. She also leads Aviva’s sustainable investment campaign at EU-level. Marte has several years of experience from public affairs, working closely with EU institutions in Brussels, including as the Head of Financial Services and Corporate Governance at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Marte is currently Vice-Chair of the Finance Task Force at the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD and a committee member of the CBI ‘35 Under 35 Committee’. Passionate about entrepreneurship, Marte is a mentor for start-ups at Bethnal Green Ventures and for scale-ups taking part in the ‘Future at Work’ PWC’s newly launched Future of Work programme, in collaboration with SwiftScale. She is also a Board Member for Mac Millan’s Guards Chapel Christmas Carol Concert.
Jessica is the Head of Origination, Early Growth Ventures at ClearlySO, an impact investment bank that works exclusively with Impact businesses, charities and funds to help them raise investment from its network of high-net-worth individual and institutional investors. Originally founded in 2008, ClearlySo has helped more than 100 clients raise more than £108 million in impact investment.
Jessica is passionate to help creative entrepreneurs develop their ideas into a sustainable business and thrives helping people plan their overall strategy, “I advise on how to identify, develop and implement key performance indicators to evidence impact.” It sounds technical but its helping organisations figure out how to make a difference and being able to measure it and then improve on it.
Martha Lane Fox, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, CBE is a British businesswoman, philanthropist, and public servant. Martha co-founded Lastminute.com in the early 2000s and is a board member of Twitter, mydeco.com, Marks & Spencer, and chairs the board of the digital skills charity, Go ON UK. She joined the House of Lords as a crossbencher on 26 March 2013, becoming its youngest female member.
Lu Li is the founder of Blooming Founders, a company that provides education and introduces new opportunities to female founders through events, content and a professional network. She is the UK ambassador of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, a judge at the MassChallenge accelerator, a mentor at the Google Launchpad accelerator and part of the Techstars community leadership team. She has also published the book Dear Female Founder, now globally available on Amazon and Kindle.
In her previous corporate career, Lu has launched FMCG products for Procter & Gamble across Western Europe and has worked on several consulting projects for McKinsey, BMW and T-Mobile.
Senior business executive in private-equity and large corporations in Insurance & Financial Services sectors. Fiona’s deep rooted strategic business development background, coupled with product & marketing experience, manifests itself in a passion for delivering customer & client value. She has led many cross functional and global teams in a B2B, B2B2C and B2C, delivering sustainable business improvement. Fiona has worked in Russia, Amsterdam, Norway, France, & twice the US.
She helps Chief Executives and Managing Directors to accelerate their growth rates and transform their businesses. With Vistage UK, she chairs a confidential, private advisory group whose members are CEOs and MDs of businesses ranging between £2m to £50m turnover.
Saija is a passionate Digital Marketing entrepreneur, speaker, mentor and author. She is determined to empower and drive female led companies and organisations forward by sharing knowledge and experiences. Founder, CEO of international media agency Mahon Digital Marketing, Lonely Robot Web Design and a Scandinavian based business events company The Caviar Club. For her work she has been awarded:
Agency of the Year in Scandinavia 2013
TOP 20 Women in Search selected by Google and DRUM 2015
Best Business Woman Awards – Finalist in Technology & also Business services category 2015
Everywoman Technology Awards – Finalist in the Entrepreneur category 2016
Adriana is a business Development executive who has held multiple leadership roles in prominent financial services organizations, building commercial strategy, developing partnerships and fostering client relationships over the last twenty years. MBA with specialization in Finance and Strategy from the London Business School. Since 2013, she has also been a business mentor and an angel investor in a number of start up companies in Brazil, building a portfolio of social impact investments in Healthcare Services, Internet and Financial Technology.
Miisa Mink is a founder and chief doer at DrivenWoman – a Lifeworking network for women with ideas and ambition who want to achieve their goals. She’s a creator of ‘Festival Of Doers’, a one day event that celebrates women ‘doers’ which takes place in London every January.
Prior to entering the women’s empowerment space Miisa was known as a highly accomplished branding professional and has successfully launched and grown start-ups in the branding and design sector, including Nordic Bakery, a beautiful Scandinavian style coffee shop chain in Central London, and international design agency TBWA/TANGO which she built into four agency network in Europe
What if 1 million women social enterprise leaders connected to learn, lead and change the course of the world, by 2020?
Servane believes in future-centric good businesses, and in the power of conscious innovation, courageous conversations, and action!
In 2001, She founded Ogunte, the social business development company, and later Make a Wave, the first incubator for women social entrepreneurs, with a team of outstanding mentors, investors and coaches. They have supported over 5200 social innovators, managers, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders and their networks through business coaching, impact investment training, leadership development, awards and challenge prizes.
She is a founding partner at Conscious Innovation with peers in Rio, London, Berlin. They provide prototyping experiences that help individuals and organisations explore and implement future scenarios, to change people’s world.
Since Feb 2015, Servane also ran the Womanity Awards Programme, an initiative that invests in an ecosystem preventing violence against women through replication of innovative models and ideas.
Head of the UK for Amazon External Payments and founder of Cupcake Mum, a members’ club for Mums in South West London. This led to her being named by Growing Business Magazine as one of the Top 35 Entrepreneurs in the UK–she managed to raise £3m in investment for the concept! She’s worked at JP Morgan, American Express and Northwest Airlines and she holds an MBA from London Business School and a BA from the George Washington University.
Danna is the founder and director of Built By Us, a social enterprise which is on a mission to connect diverse talent to construction businesses. Her career spans over 25 years in the construction and built environment sector, and has encompassed a variety of roles from shop floor electrician, to architect and strategic projects lead at the Construction Industry Council.
She is the former chair of the RIBA’s equality, diversity and inclusion advisory group Architects for Change (AfC) and has been named a finalist in the Precious Awards 2015. She currently serves as an elected board member of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and as a Trustee of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.
So far Hatch Enterprise have helped over 400 entrepreneurs. Started in 2013 to address the need for localised business support, Hatch delivers dedicated enterprise support programmes in South London aimed at helping to develop, grow and sustain local businesses. To date, over 82% of people taking part in their flagship Hatch Incubator programme are still running their business, reporting overall revenue growth of 50% year on year.