Pacific Youth Excelling in Business through HATCH

Run by the Pacific Business Trust, the Hatch Youth Programme is not an accelerator. Spanning a three-year period, Hatch focuses on ensuring young Pacific businesses get the basics right and as the cohort is supported in a way that is bespoke and customised around their needs. Read about Ana Saulala and John Belford-Lelaulu's journeys before applying to start your own. Applications close November 6.

 

 

 

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 25.

 

Hatch 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.

 

Hatch fuses traditional ways of learning with real-life experience and 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 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.

 

Meet a couple of the 2018 cohort below and learn more about them, their businesses and their Hatch journey through their Q&As.

 

 

Ana Saulala, founder of Gift One (GO), wants more Pacific youth to take advantage of the opportunity the Hatch Youth Programme provides. With a mind to establish a sustainable business that can run after she’s moved on, Ana knows the Hatch programme can provide the support group you need to keep striving to reach your goals.

 

Name: Ana Saulala

 

Age: 27

 

Ethnicity: Tongan

 

Business: GO


How long have you been in business? 7 months


How'd you get into business/come up with your business idea? I studied Commerce with the intention to better understand how the real world worked. I was later introduced to entrepreneurship and it changed the way I thought about business. As a result of my new mind-set, I became motivated by a desire to solve problems and build businesses as solutions to the problems or needs I observed.

 

Why did you decide to take part in HATCH?  I needed a programme to keep me accountable as I started my business.


Have you had an A-HA moment during HATCH? What was it? Yes! During my 100-Day Review Presentation. My business solves multiple problems and the business model I should be focused on was different to what I initially started with.

 

What's your favourite Masterclass? Strategic Planning with Mike Cardon.

 

Who's the most inspirational person you've met while on your HATCH journey? Richard Taurima. He is my business coach that I got through the Hatch programme.


Three things to get you through the day:

 

1: Prayer


2: Scripture-study


3: Good sleep

 

Best piece of HATCH advice received so far? Stay focused!

 

Why do you think other Pacific youth should apply for HATCH? If you feel like you don’t have the right people to support you, the Hatch programme can provide that support group you need to keep striving to reach your goals.

 

Words of Wisdom for future HATCH participants? Take advantage of every opportunity that will come through Hatch. Anything worth pursuing will always take hard work!

 

Most memorable HATCH experience? The first day of Hatch! I felt really comfortable and appreciative of the people that were there.

 

How do you brainstorm? I like to write on a white board or a large piece of paper with different coloured pens.

 

HATCH Words of Wisdom? Expect to grow personally! You’re there for your business, but the personal growth you will experience will be great too!

 

What have you learned about your business since taking part in HATCH? My business has the potential to solve multiple problems.

 

Something that's changed since undertaking your HATCH journey? My self-confidence.


What's your goal at the end of your 3-year HATCH Journey? Establish a sustainable business and then move onto the next business idea.

 

How has your business benefitted from taking part in the HATCH Programme? Being able to expand my current networks.


Daily HATCH motivation? Pave the way for more young Pacific entrepreneurs.

 

Who inspires you? Simon Sinek (a British-American author, motivational speaker and organisational consultant), a thought leader that focuses on starting with your why.

 

Where do you work best when it comes to your Business? Pacific Business Trust office.

 

Describe what HATCH means to you in THREE words: Support. Connection. Growth.

 

Connect with Ana: LinkedIn

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY


 

John Belford-Lelaulu believes Pasifika, by nature, are entrepreneurs. It’s why he encourages other Pasifika youth to enrol into the programme. Being with business experts through HATCH, John has learned to experiment with his business, MAU Studio.

 

Name: John Belford-Lelaulu

 

Age: 25

 

Ethnicity: Samoan

 

Business: MAU Studio

 

How'd you get into business/come up with your business idea? A trip to the Philippines made us realise that we needed to create a Social Design practice. Receiving a grant enabled us to conceptualise the process we wished to undertake; in 2018 we are implementing this process.

 

Why did you apply to take part in HATCH? A complex Social Design methodology requires time, effort, and patience. We applied to HATCH to enable us to focus more on our long term plan, by narrowing down on who we are impacting the most and how we can turn this in to a business model.

 

Have you had an A-HA moment during HATCH? What was it? Lol – Ah-hah moments come every time we speak with members from PBT. From the staff, to Masterclass experts, to talking amongst our cohort, we are constantly learning.

 

Favourite HATCH Masterclass? Paul and Morag.


Who's the most inspirational person you've met while on your HATCH journey? Ana Saulala… her journey has been remarkable to watch.

 

Three things to get you through the day:

 

1: Space

 

2: Food

 

3: Music

 

Best piece of HATCH advice received so far? To keep experimenting – business isn’t linear – and MAU Studio is the furthest you can be from a linear business model – so it’s encouraging to hear that we will find our sweet spot by continually experimenting.

 


Why do you think other Pacific youth should apply for HATCH?
Because by nature we are entrepreneurs. It also allows us to explore how we can contribute differently, yet effectively, in society – by being Pasifika. It’s humbling to know we can bring our values into the workforce.

 

Words of Wisdom for future HATCH participants? Learn what makes you fearful – then let go. It’s the most liberating sensation you’ll experience – letting go of your fear.

 

Most memorable HATCH experience? Watching our team grow – it’s been a memorable process.

 

How do you brainstorm? By walking and thinking – then letting it rip on to a paper.

 


HATCH Words of Wisdom? That we can do it!

 

What's your goal at the end of your 3-year HATCH Journey? To have a viable business model and be set up as a legitimate organisation.

 

How has your business benefitted from taking part in the HATCH Programme? We’ve continually been in the presence of business experts. It has allowed us to think differently about our businesses and how we operate as individuals – and how this may contribute to our business. We’re slowly starting to appreciate what makes us different.


Daily HATCH motivation? TURN UP

 

Who inspires you? My siblings, my family, my Pasifika community – and my Samoan culture.


Describe what HATCH means to you in THREE words: Worth Every Second

 

Connect with John: Web, Facebook.

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

24/10/18