Applications are now open for the inaugural HATCH: Taronga Accelerator Program, a new initiative by Taronga Conservation Society Australia to find innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing conservation and environmental challenges.
HATCH is a 14-week accelerator program that will support five finalists to develop their brilliant ideas into not-for-profit or social enterprise ventures, with the winning finalist being awarded up to $50,000 to bring their initiative to life.
Throughout the program, finalists will gain access to top mentors and experts, including Taronga’s experts in conservation, science, education and community engagement while also connecting with like-minded innovators and thought leaders.
Taronga Conservation Society Australia CEO Cameron Kerr said the launch of the program was an important and timely way for people to contribute to securing a shared future for people and wildlife.
“As an organisation, we firmly believe that conservation should not exist in isolation. It should be embedded in everything we do and an ongoing priority. Now more than ever we need to devise new ideas to address environmental and conservation issues.”
“In launching HATCH, we want to help support some of the amazing, innovative thinkers out there by giving them a platform and guidance to bring their ideas to life.
“We have some big conservation challenges ahead of us, both in Australia and globally, and with many people wondering what they can do to help in the wake of a very tough start to the year, I encourage everyone to ask themselves – do I have a brilliant idea to help the planet?” said Kerr.
HATCH is open to Australian citizens and residents aged 18 years and over. Applications can be made as an individual or as a team of up to 5 people. Initiatives must align to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to Taronga’s 360 degree approach to conservation.
Applications for HATCH: Taronga Accelerator Program are now open and will close on 24 March. Finalists will be announced in May with the program taking place from late May to early September.
For more information, eligibility criteria and to register your interest, visit https://taronga.org.au/conservation-and-science/act-for-the-wild/hatch.
This media release was submitted by Taronga Zoo.
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Feature image of Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Photo: Neal Wellons.