The Idea Challenge has Five New Finalists!
Posted by adminALT on November 29th, 2022
The Eau Claire Area EDC is proud to announce
five local entrepreneur finalists who
aspire to start or grow their business idea in the Chippewa Valley.
Challenge is an annual unique business idea contest ran by the Eau Claire Area Economic
Development Corporation. Applicants of the Challenge then are assisted by the
Eau Claire EDC to take their idea and making it a reality. This is a free
contest that accepts ideas, from local entrepreneurs, in any stage of
development for any new product, service, or process.
The Idea Challenge 2022 finalists are (in no particular
- Eau Claire Refillery,
Gladitsch– Eau Claire Refillery is a
zero-waste, eco-friendly refill store in downtown Eau Claire.
Seed Kits, Anthony Nied– Flawn Seed Kits allow you to
easily transform your grass lawn into a low maintenance flowering lawn that is
safe for pets, kids, and the environment.
Goatful Games, Eli Bremer- Goatful
Games has created an exciting board game, Meet
Me At the Creek, an amazing game of race, chase and capture based around the
musician Billy Strings.
- Peace Tree Child Care Management, Lydia Ekenstedt- Peace Tree Child Care Management Services
provides the expertise to open and operate an exceptional child care
center by breaking down common barriers to give better pay, fair tuition, and
- Cereus, Doug Rhoten–Cereus is a SaaS product that automates auditing all content and
network traffic in your website to ensure it complies with US and international
Part of the Eau
Claire Area Economic Development Corporation’s mission is to cultivate
innovative thinkers and entrepreneurship. With use of The Idea Challenge, the
Eau Claire Area EDC will help elevate five business ideas and help them launch or
advance into the local marketplace.
Started by the Eau
Claire Area EDC in 2007, The Idea Challenge has been supporting local
entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers within our community for over a decade.
In 2011, Northwestern Bank became the financial sponsor, giving The Idea
Challenge the opportunity to offer cash awards and cover some startup business
expenses for the winning finalist.
The Final Pitches & Awards Ceremony will be held on December 8,
2022 – 10:00 am in Barstow Commons, CoLab, 131 S Barstow, Eau Claire, 2nd
The public is invited to attend the final
pitches and awards ceremony and hear about new business they may see in the
near future. Lunch generously sponsored by Erberts and Gerberts.
The Idea Challenge
is open to any individual or company with an idea for a new product or service.
For over a decade The Idea Challenge has been assisting entrepreneurs in
getting connected to community resources, practicing their pitch, assisting in
getting their idea into the market, and –of course- the chance to win $5000 in
reimbursable business expenses to advance their idea! All finalists will
receive $500 and several marketing and business services incentives to help
launch their business idea.