HATCH is returning to central Wisconsin. BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation is again partnering in central Wisconsin for the 2019 HATCH entrepreneurial pitch program. BrightStar, with the assistance of an entrepreneurship support grant from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), is leading the effort across the state. The Portage County Business Council is leading the effort in central Wisconsin to again host the regional finale at John and Patty Noel’s Car Barn.
HATCH is a rotating, high-energy idea pitch program designed to facilitate connections between prospective entrepreneurs and those within a community who support them such as industry experts, professional service firms, banks, non-profits, business leaders and investors. Last year’s finale had more than 300 people in attendance. Several individuals or teams of individuals have the opportunity to pitch their best business idea to a panel of judges while substantive connections and networking occurs between attendees.
There is no cost to attend the event, however registration is requested to make sure there is enough food and beverage. We will announce a Post-Event party at the event where entrepreneurs, their families and friends can further network.
Financial supporters of this event include Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Brightstar Wisconsin Foundation, Portage County Business Council, Compass Properties, John and Patty Noel, Judd S. Alexander Foundation, Ruder Ware, Incourage community foundation, BMO Harris Bank and Grow North economic development region.
Cost: Free and open to the public! (Entrepreneurs MUST register.)
Who Should Come: Entrepreneurs, creatives, business professionals, organizers, and investors
What to expect at HATCH:
- Network of central and northern Wisconsin’s most creative and dynamic individuals
- Collection of Wisconsin’s most innovative startup resources
- Access to an exclusive venue
- Complimentary food
- Complimentary beer & wine