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Eau Claire’s Startup 48 Winner Announced

Posted by adminALT on October 20th, 2022

October 20, 2022 (Eau Claire, WI) –  

UCo, a student work app, wins Startup 48, Eau Claire’s own business jumpstart competition weekend!  A group of UWEC Entrepreneurship 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.

UCo drafted a business pitch that connects college students with homeowners who need chores completed.  College students are looking for work, but need employment that provides flexibility. UCo aims to connect workers with jobs that can be completed to fit into the student’s schedule. The business is in concept phase now, but we hope to see its launch into our market soon.

Over the 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.  Five 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.

The judges selected UCo to be the winner and receive the prize package, which includes office space and a collection of complimentary consultations ranging in startup topics from business finance, IP & Trademark protection and marketing.  In addition, the Uco team now qualifies to advance to the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, a statewide pitch competition vying for startup capital of up to $25,000.  

Startup 48 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.

Several 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, Prevail Bank, Bourget Law, Dialog Design, Escape EC, TDS Fiber, WEDC, M3 Insurance, Crivello Carlson, Security Financial Bank, HyVee and Erberts & Gerberts.

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