Introducing Hatch

Supporting startups as they launch and scale

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What is Hatch?

The Mission


We got started as part of the Techstars accelerator program so we understand, firsthand, the challenges and what it takes to launch and scale a company. That's why we're supporting the next generation of startups in getting their products off the ground.

— Ben Uretsky, CEO and Co-Founder of DigitalOcean
The Program

The Program

Hatch is a global incubator program designed to support startups as they launch and scale. This includes access to DigitalOcean's cloud for 12 months, free technical training, mentorship, priority support, and an opportunity to connect with other startups, accelerators, and investors.

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  • Infrastructure Credit

    Infrastructure credit

    Startups can receive 12 months of infrastructure credit (amount varies by partner organization).

  • Training & Support

    Training & support

    Receive 1-on-1 technical consultations, solutions engineering, and priority support ticket response times.

  • Hatch Gear

    Hatch gear

    Get custom shirts, stickers, and more—made just for the Hatch community.

  • Community & Education

    Community and education

    Exclusive chats with DigitalOcean founders, participate in local events, and receive technical content and support from the Hatch developer community.

Our Partners

  • Techstars
  • 500 Startups
  • EF
  • The Family
  • Atlanta Tech Village
  • Launchpad LA
  • Factory
  • TechCrunch
  • Elevator
  • Y Combinator
  • A16Z
  • Mass Challenge
  • Two Sigma Ventures
  • IA Ventures
  • Nasscom
  • SOSV
  • CrunchFund
  • Numa
  • BoostVC
  • Code for Australia
  • Digital Undivided
  • Dorm Room Fund
  • Dreamit
  • Dynamo
  • e@UBC
  • ExoNexus
  • Firstmark
  • GOBI Partners
  • Ignite
  • Kima Ventures
  • Launch
  • Mach37
  • Mighty Labs
  • Point Nine
  • Startup Shell

Who should apply?

We exclusively partner with select accelerators, investors, and startup-focused organizations. If you're interested in getting your organization involved, apply as a partner. Startups seeking to participate in Hatch can fill out an application for the program below. Hatch is application only.

Who should apply?


For startups that are backed by accelerators, incubators, or VC firms.

  • Must be in approved accelerator, incubator, or VC firm.
  • Haven't received previous DigitalOcean promotional credits.
  • Less than 24 months in company duration.
  • Less than $10 million raised, up to series A.

Hatch Startups

  • 500px
  • InfluxDB
  • Spot Hero
  • Flat
  • GitLab
  • Instamojo
  • Oyo
  • Bench

Ready to be a part of the Hatch experience?

Get started by submitting an application today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is Hatch?

    Hatch is designed to help developers create, launch, and scale their startups. This includes a range of perks to get you started, including 12 months of DigitalOcean credit to easily deploy and scale your infrastructure.

  • How do I know if my accelerator/incubator/VC firm has a relationship with Hatch?

    Please see our portfolio partner list. You can ask your program manager if you have partnership with Hatch.

  • How do you select Hatch members?

    We partner with accelerators, incubators, VC backed firms and all the startups affiliated with them. See the list for eligibility

  • What if I have already received credits for my startup?

    This program is for new startups that have not used prior credits with DigitalOcean. See if you fit the application criteria to start your application

  • How do the Hatch credits work?

    You will be given a fixed amount of monthly credits to be used over the 1-year program.

  • What happens if I go over the monthly credit limit?

    If you go over the monthly credit limit, you will be charged for the additional usage for that month. If you use over $21,000 worth of services in any given month, DigitalOcean may end your participation in the Hatch program.

  • Why is DigitalOcean doing this?

    We want to empower the startup community. We always strive to support and show love to our community. We want it to be easy for you to have access to our resources.

  • I do not see my accelerator listed in the partner section. Can I still apply for the Hatch Program?

    If you find that your venture capital is not partnered with Hatch, have your program manager apply to Hatch.

  • How do I set up my 1:1 consult?

    Our Customer Success team will reach out to you and set up a convenient time.

  • Do I need to need to be a DigitalOcean customer to sign up for Hatch?

    Yes. Please create an account here using your corporate email address before you apply.

  • What if I'm not backed by an accelerator/incubator or VC?

    We want to help support you and are currently working on this. Please apply here for future consideration.

  • Can I transfer my Hatch credits?

    No. The Hatch credits are designed to help you scale your infrastructure and are not transferable. If you do not use the credits, they will be forfeited.

  • Are there any other limitations on how I use the Hatch credits?

    Yes. You cannot use the Hatch credits for the mining of cryptocurrency (e.g. bitcoin mining). You can also not use the Hatch credits for programs that consume excessive network capacity, CPU cycles or disk IO. If you do, DigitalOcean may end your participation in the Hatch program.

Questions? Check out our FAQ's or send us a note.