Pre-Incubation

The Playground is a pre-incubation program at Hanken Business Lab with the core objective of guiding entrepreneurs towards establishing an incorporated company.

The value proposition of our pre-incubation program lies in empowering entrepreneurship, providing aspiring business leaders with the tools, knowledge, and support needed to navigate the early stages of company creation. Our program has two cohorts during the year. Offering a structured and dynamic environment for participants to learn, grow, and ultimately achieve the milestone of registering their own company.

For maximised compatibility for students interested in the program, the Playground runs alongside the academic calendar at Hanken. The spring cohort takes place from February to May, and the autumn cohort takes place from September to December.

Program Components

Workshops

Workshops within the Playground Pre-Incubation Program provide a structured platform for immersive learning and skill development. Scheduled intentionally for optimal time allocation, participants engage in weekly catch-up session. Each workshop is led by specialised hosts, ensuring expertise in the discussed topics. Concrete tasks and take-home assignments are incorporated to promote active engagement, emphasising the direct correlation between effort invested and outcomes achieved, motivating participants to approach each session with dedication and enthusiasm.

Office Hours

Office hours with the program lead are geared to business development offering participants personalised guidance and insights. This one-on-one session provides an opportunity to discuss specific business challenges, seek advice on strategic development, and receive tailored consulting to enhance the overall growth and success of the company. It serves as a valuable resource for addressing individual concerns and refining business strategies within the context of the Playground Pre-Incubation Program.

"Quack Talks"

Our entrepreneur 1-on-1 sessions designed for brave individuals like you embarking on the unique journey of starting a company. Throughout the 16-week pre-incubation period, we encourage you to make a splash by connecting with your fellow cohort members. These sessions are tailored to foster collaboration, troubleshoot challenges, and exchange insights within our incubation pond. Dive into problem-solving with a peer, share challenges, and brainstorm solutions collaboratively. Explore each other's expertise and discuss your entrepreneurial journey – it's a fantastic opportunity to learn, share, and grow together.

Mentoring

Our tailored mentoring sessions for entrepreneurs like you on the path to building something extraordinary. Throughout the 16-week pre-incubation period, we invite you to seize the opportunity to connect with your individual mentor who can guide you on your entrepreneurial journey. Crafted to facilitate meaningful conversations, address challenges, and gain insights from seasoned mentors within our incubation community. Engage in open dialogues, seek advice, and leverage the wealth of knowledge offered by our mentor network.