The Hatchery

Got a venture idea? We have a space for you!

The Hatchery is UCE's Incubator Programme for students. It is the ideal place to nurture your social or commercial venture. You get access to resources and coaching from UCE staff, engagement with industry partners and mentors as well as support from like-minded entrepreneurs.


Our immersive environment means students gain entrepreneurial skills fast. Our industry partners provide mentoring and help with legal, financial, and other professional services. The UCE staff are always around to act as coaches and mentors.

We have a dedicated space for Hatchery students in the Centre, and as well as taking part in UCE events, incubator participants have events just for them, including:

  • Hot-desking rights at the Centre

  • 24/7 access to the Centre for Entrepreneurship (all you can drink tea and coffee!)

  • Regular coaching and mentoring with UCE staff

  • Mentoring with industry experts and members of the business community

  • Pitching opportunities at least once per term

  • Access to invite only industry events on campus and around Christchurch

  • Networking opportunities

  • Early bird applications to UCE Bootcamps - think a three-day mini accelerator for your venture


You must be a UC student currently enrolled in at least one course.


Step 1 - Discuss your venture with UCE (send us an email to set up a time)

Step 2 - Apply online 

Step 3 - Invitation to join the Hatchery

Step 4 - You accept the invitation and join the UCE community!

Step 5 - Who knows?!? It’s up to you!


Click here to apply

If you have any questions drop in to see us or email


For all enquiries

get in touch with UCE