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BrightStar Wisconsin Announces Venue and Presenters for Chippewa Valley Hatch Regional Finale

Posted by Eau Claire Area EDC on November 1st, 2018

Bright Star Wisconsin Foundation, Inc., a non-profit angel investment group that helps entrepreneurs grow their early stage ideas into businesses, announced that its Chippewa Valley HATCH Regional Finale will be held on November 8th at the Pablo Center at the Confluence at 128 Graham Avenue in Eau Claire.

HATCH is a high-energy idea pitch program that offers entrepreneurs the chance to present their business ideas to supportive community members and businesses in a fun and highly social event format. At the finale, regional semi-finalists will have five minutes to pitch in front of judges and a live audience for the chance to win the grand prize of $5,000.

The Chippewa Valley HATCH Regional Finale starts at 6 pm and is open to the public. Space is limited so those interested are encouraged to register by going to the Chippewa Valley Finale registration page and clicking the “register” button.

BrightStar has produced ten HATCH preliminary competitions throughout the state this year, where more than 50 entrepreneurs had an opportunity to present their ideas. Ten of those participants each won $2,000 and qualified for an opportunity to “pitch” again in one of the three regional HATCH finales.

The presenters and companies at the Chippewa Valley HATCH Regional Finale are:

  • Andrew Niese from Fixity
  • Gary Ramsden from Silvermine Stone Company
  • Jamie & Zach Pappas from Earthbound Environmental
  • Josh Shefner from Blue Mango
  • Tanya Stoeklen from Jessie’s Jym
  • Zack Arvold from Self Protection Systems

The HATCH events are funded by BrightStar with the help of a matching grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The Chippewa Valley HATCH events were supported by the Johnson Financial Group, Ruder Ware Law Firm and numerous local donations and sponsorships. The events were hosted by the Economic Development Corporations from Chippewa, Dunn and Eau Claire Counties.

About BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc.
BrightStar is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation created to facilitate job creation and increase Wisconsin’s economic activity by deploying donated funds into equity stakes in for-profit early-stage, rapid-growth companies. This unique approach enables the formation of new investment capital in Wisconsin through charitable donations to the foundation. For more information, please visit