PBT Hatching Pacific commercial leaders of tomorrow

Hatch is a safe space where young Pacific entrepreneurs aged 16-26 transform their futures through enterprise. The programme combines tertiary educational opportunities with a bespoke, intensive, wrap-around system that leverages real world experience to support accelerated commercial growth and new and diverse leadership within our communities and Aotearoa. Enrolments are now open.



Run by the Pacific Business Trust, Hatch is not an accelerator. Spanning a three-year period, it focuses on ensuring businesses get the basics right and the cohort is supported in a way that is bespoke and customised around their needs.


It also fuses traditional ways of learning with real-life experience.


Participants have access to enhanced learning options and business experts from around the country who lead masterclasses around key areas, such as governance and intellectual property.


Experts are selected due to their extensive experience and knowledge and their belief in the vision to create opportunities for our youth in a way that empowers and respects them.


The Hatch programme embodies the new direction the Trust has embarked upon for the last two years. Leveraging key areas of strength within our Pacific communities, as it addresses the need for a programme focusing solely on youth, many of whom have grown up in the diaspora of Aotearoa.


With the Pacific population projected to become more than 10% of the total population by 2028, with most of its population consisting of young people under 25Hatch captures this market early, empowering Pacific youth to not only own commercial and sustainable enterprises, but create a pipeline for Pacific leadership in the future.


The first cohort made an immediate impact, with each of the enterprises growing from strength to strength, covering a variety of sectors, from education to digital content and technology.


PBT Business Strategist and Hatch Virtual CEO Tim Swann describes the growth seen in both the individual participants and their business as exceptional.


“We’ve seen business move from ideation to commercial delivery, with some already developing international supply chains,” says Tim.


“We’ve seen business pivot at speed, becoming much more responsive to the changing needs of the market. Innovation and Technology have been key features of many of our businesses and we have seen them integrate these in new ways. The personal journeys have been profound.”


Kim Tuaine, CEO of Pacific Business Trust, says the goals of Hatch are to;


  • grow young Pacific businesses into sustainable, viable and commercially successful businesses by building capacity and capability


  • facilitate ecosystems that surround flourishing youth Pacific businesses with experts, networks and Hatch partners to ensure scalability


  • advocate by creating a platform to provide data for informed intervention, enabling continued succession capability.


For more information and to apply go to https://hatchbiz.co.nz/

About PBT:


The Pacific Business Trust is a 'not for profit' Charitable Trust set up in 1985, providing economic development services for Pacific Businesses and Business People within New Zealand.