The Hatchery

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

The Hatchery is UCE's year-long 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.

Hatch your ideas with us!

We have a dedicated space for Hatchery students in the Centre and as a member of the Hatchery, you can: 

  • Access the UCE space and facilities 
  • Attend our weekly one-on-one sessions with one of the UCE coaches
  • Take part in UCE community events
  • Talk to our Expert in Residence (eg. Accountant, Lawyers, Marketing experts)
  • Get involved in the Hatchery workshops (eg. Build Your Lean Canvas, Market Validation, Pitch Practice)
  • Get VIP access to our special events, networking and more.

Do you want to be part of the Hatchery?

To be part of the UCE Hatchery programme, you need to be a UC student currently enrolled in at least one course.

Step 1 - Register your interest here or come visit us at UCE

Step 2 - Set up a time to meet with a UCE manager or come to our weekly drop-in sessions

Step 3 - Receive an invitation to join the Hatchery

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

Click here to register your interest!

If you have any questions drop in to see us on the Rehua building level 6 or email

Hatchery schedule 2023

Our weekly sessions:

  • UCE Health and Safety Induction – on request, please contact the UCE team.
  • One-on-one session with UCE every Wednesday afternoon –  we are available in-person or on Zoom – please book a time with us.

Hatch your ideas with us!

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