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June 4, 2021


Food security and sustainability have been making the headlines more in the recent years, and for good reason.

Aquaculture holds great promise for sustainable food production, but only if done right

For this very reason, Hatch has invested in and scaled more than 30 aquaculture and alternative seafood startups in the past 3 years.

Our offices on the Big Island of Hawaii were set up in 2019 and are the center of some of the most innovative work done in aquaculture. The unique environment and the deep water pipe infrastructure at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii, operating in the Ocean Technology Park offers the possibility to perform trials for nearly any species in the world with water coming from so deep, it is untouched by human pollution. This makes NELHA an incredible environment for aquaculture research and offers rapid testing for a multitude of entrepreneurial projects.


Hatch Innovation Studios is an equity-free program for you to develop your project’s commercial scalability, technological readiness, and industry fit. You will have the opportunity to connect with  a global and network of aquaculture industry experts to validate your ideas, to understand key market insights, and learn to pitch for investment and talk to customers successfully. 

A taste of what you will get: coaching, mentorship, business model  & value proposition development, building your minimum viable product, product testing, generating initial traction, legal advice, customer discovery, marketing, fundraising, access to Hatch’s intelligence portal and unique virtual office platform.


1st July – 30th July 2021

2 days a week, part time


Due to covid-related ongoing visa restrictions the program will happen online

Who should apply:

  • A researcher with a great idea
  • A project team looking for support and mentorship
  • A startup that wants to take things to the next level
  • Later stage companies seeking to increase market & industry access
  • A company in an adjacent industry entering aquaculture

We are placing a special focus on teams from Hawaii & Oceania and would love to welcome regional projects in this workshop!

Applications from the mainland and all the Americas are just as welcome.

Limited to 10 teams or projects


No cost

Application deadline: Friday June 4th 00:00 HST 2021



June 4, 2021
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