Who we are
HATCH is a Melbourne based start-up.
Before establishing HATCH, founder and CEO Claire Leach was Director of Development at FareShare, a national food rescue charity.
Less than one percent of food waste is appropriate for human consumption and can be given to charities like FareShare.
Determined to find ways to use the millions of tonnes of food waste destined for landfill each year, Claire discovered insects.
With the support of The Myer Foundation, as an inaugural 2014 Myer Innovation Fellow, Claire conducted a feasibility study on the large scale use of insects to bioconvert Australian food waste into protein. Two years later, she formed HATCH Biosystems.
HATCH has been working with Black Soldier Flies since 2016, developing unique IP to optimise efficiencies in large scale food waste bioconversion.
HATCH has a passionate and dedicated Board and Advisory Team, from blue chip companies, bringing a wealth of business, technical and strategic knowledge and expertise:
Gordon Hoen - Founder and former CEO of Upstream Print Solutions (now part of Fuji Xerox)
Glynn McConnell - Experienced business consultant and former Partner at PwC
Claire Leach - HATCH CEO; former Director of Development at FareShare and consultant at Accenture
Stan Leach - Former Principal of Vermont Secondary College ($16m T/O)
Daniel Madhaven - CEO Impact Investment Group and former Acting CEO JBWere Australia
We also benefit from the support of highly skilled operations team with expertise in chemical and mechanical engineering, rendering and aquaculture production.
HATCH has been a member of the EVO Consortium since 2017, which connects us to Black Soldier Fly companies and experts from around the world.
Since 2015 we have been collaborating with EVO co-founder and Chairman Jeff Tomberlin Ph.D - a world-renowned Black Soldier Fly academic from Texas A&M University (USA).