Eau Claire’s Startup 48 Winner Announced
Posted by adminALT on October 18th, 2021
Over the Loam wins Startup 48, Eau Claire’s own business jumpstart competition weekend. A group of UWEC Entrepreneur students have been named the winning team of Startup 48. The business idea was launched on Friday night and the team worked all weekend, then provided a final business pitch on Sunday evening to a panel of local judges. Over the Loam will plan to sell four-season renovated teardrop campers and vans to fill the market demand to adults who want to travel in comfort and live the “van life”.
weekend, 37 individuals met at WIN Technology to begin a weekend-long journey
to learn how to create a lean business and prepare to launch into the
marketplace. Six dynamic teams formed
and worked tirelessly to create business models, verify market need and find
their value proposition all based around an initial 60 second business idea
pitch. Strangers converged over these pitched ideas and worked together to
prove if the idea was viable, starting with clearly defining a problem they’d
like to solve.
At the end
of the weekend, groups presented to a panel of judges to define the business
model and how they will fit into the marketplace. Judges choose Over the Loam, a business that plans on selling four-season,
renovated teardrop campers and vans, as the winner of Startup 48 competition.
The Over the Loam team now qualifies
to advance to the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, a statewide pitch competition vying
for startup capital of up to $25,000.
is an annual, weekend-long business startup learning experience and
competition. Local entrepreneurs and industry experts act as mentors throughout
the weekend to assist and re-direct teams when needed, all with the goal to
cultivate new business ideas and leaders in the Eau Claire area.
community partners make this event possible, including WIN Technology, JAMF,
UWEC Entrepreneur Program, Prevail Bank, Chippewa Valley Developers Group and
Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation. Financial sponsors are critical and include
WiSys, Applied Data Consultants, Co-Lab, WEDC, M3 Insurance, Crivello Carlson, Security
Financial Bank, and Erberts & Gerberts.
more about the event, visit www.Startup48.co
to watch the final five minute business pitch.