We have a rigorous selection process for startups interested in our program which includes selection team made up of venture capitalist, mentors and advisors.
No, we accept companies from any where in the world. Similar to other accelerators, we want our startups to be committed to the program. Therefore, during the 12-week program our startups must have their company home base in the centre.
The best thing about the START Program is that it does not take, it gives! When you enter our program, you gain the resources required to help you excel as a startup while maintaining full ownership. This is your vision, we’re here to help you bring it to life!
Applications and deadlines will be displayed on our Programs page when we are accepting a new cohort.
Absolutely! Planet Hatch hosts several events that are relevant to its entrepreneurial focus. Workshops, kitchen parties, high-profile speakers, you name it we have it! For upcoming events, click here.
Come to the events that we host and you can see the centre as well. If you have questions, we have answers. To help students and other community members better understand the startup scene we host a number of events. Check out our events.
If we let everyone park, we’d run out of room! Though we love having visitors, we reserve our parking spots for entrepreneurs we’re working with or from partner organizations. By keeping the people in our space relative to our mission, we are able to create the perfect environment for growing and accelerating our startups.
As a matter of fact, we do! Planet Hatch offers facility space as a PH member. Startups interested in Planet Hatch need to believe in our values of creating a collaborative growing community. We’re limited in space.. but if you’re interested connect with us.
With so much going on around the hatch, it’s hard to keep up! To help our hatchlings, startups and community members stay tuned, we post all of our events on our virtual calendar, our social media links and in our monthly newsletter!
First question is… why do you want to be a Planet Hatch member? If you have the same values as us, connect with us and we’ll tell you some more!
Planet Hatch is like a box of chocolates, it has an assortment! Our mentors range in expertise and are seen as world-class, industry professionals throughout the business and startup scene. To see a full list and biography on our current mentors, check out our Mentors page!
Canada’s New Startup Visa, Available Through Planet Hatch, Will Help to Attract Top Entrepreneurial Talent
Canada has a new strategy to encourage business development and growth. It involves giving talented immigrant entrepreneurs and their team the ability to get startup visas to start their businesses here and gain permanent residency. This new program will attract the brightest entrepreneurs to Canada, and depending on the type of startup visa that they gain, give them certain opportunities to launch, promote, and grow their business.
There are three streams of Startup Visas (Venture Capital, Angel Investor, & Business Accelerator or Incubator) with Planet Hatch offering the Business Accelerator or Incubator stream. Each type of Startup Visa allows you to receive permanent residency for up to five founders and their families. There is no investment needed in this stream; however, applicants must be accepted into our acceleration program. If accepted, we reccomend an applicant receive a Startup Visa from IRCC to expedite the permanent residency process.
At Planet Hatch, we connect early-stage startups with resources and tools to take their idea to commercial reality. This includes a business acceleration program, a program for growth-stage companies, coaching, mentoring, funding, and collaborative space. With these programs and resources we have helped over 30 businesses and together they have raised upwards of $5.4 million.
Planet Hatch was accepted as the New Brunswick accelerator to implement the Startup Visa Program and is only one of three in Atlantic Canada. This program will not only promote business growth and development in our region but also ensure that we are gaining some of the smartest and most driven entrepreneurs in the world.
Your First Steps
Participate in Planet Hatch's One-Hour Startup Visa Webinar
The webinar will cover topics like what it is, whether or not you qualify, how to apply, the process and answer other questions you may have. Don't wait!
Be Ready to Demonstrate:
Customer Traction and Market Validation
Do you have customers? Are they paying? Do you have any signed partnerships? If yes, how many and who? Have you done a Market Research of the North American Market? Do you understand the market you are hoping to enter? Have you made industry connections? What are your addressable market segments? Who are your competitors?
Business Model & Scalability
What are your distribution channels? What are your expected customer acquisition strategies? What is your revenue model?
Prototype & MVP
Are you able to demonstrate to us what you have built thus far? Do you have control of the IP? Is your idea result of reserach at university level? Note: We are not accepting business in ideation phase.
Is your business in the knowledge industry such as IT, biotechnology and life sciences, aerospace and defence, advance manufacturing and design or clean technology?
Who is part of your founding team? What skills are available in your team? Do you have a cross-functional founding team? Is your team coachable?
We want to make sure your team will be the right fit for our program. These requirements are set in place to ensure you can make the most of our mentorship programs and resources. Aside from this list of requirements, we are also looking for other qualities that make great entrepreneurs. We want to see that you are a hard-working, persevering, and diligent team; you not only have made a viable business, but you will put forth the effort and time necessary to continue to grow.
If this sounds like you, and you are an immigrant entrepreneur looking to start your business in our region, then please fill out the expression of interest form below.