Racine at 5:00 PM
Startup Racine Week Kickoff
Startup Racine Week kicks off officially at Uncorkt. Part of Startup Racine Week is showcasing successful small businesses so we’re excited to start the week at this very cool venue. Join us for a social gathering and hear from Mayor Cory Mason and others from Racine city and county organizations about the importance of entrepreneurship as we celebrate Racine’s history of innovation and kick off a week of connecting, educating, and celebrating entrepreneurs.
Light food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided and we encourage you to purchase wine or beer from Uncorkt since this event is about supporting our local merchants.
Racine at 7:30 AM
Strong Women, Strong Coffee with Marie Watkins - CEO, Polaris Talent Inc.
Fueled by caffeine & passion, this FREE morning networking event is for women focused on achieving something fresh for their business or themselves. Each event features a local strong woman!
Marie Watkins is a seasoned industry leader with deep knowledge in talent acquisition and a passion for mentoring the next generation for entrepreneurs. In her 25 year career that dated back to the first 'dot com boom', she has worked for enterprise companies such as Microsoft, Verizon, Expedia, and Medallia, and dozens of Silicon Valley startups performing various HR and Talent Management roles.
She enjoys the technical aspects of recruiting, but her true passion and talent lie in connecting people. She extends this skill to her other pursuits such as mentoring, speaking, and coaching. She is the CEO of Polaris Talent Inc., a new recruiting company aiming to redefine the hiring experience for both clients and candidate. She also volunteers backstage managing costumes for a children's theatre group, MET2, in four Southern California cities and assisting her daughter backstage at various productions.
In her free time she enjoys strong coffee, good wine, great books, baseball, and spending time with friends and family.
Racine at 5:00 PM
Entrepreneur's Pitch Clinic at George's Tavern with music from Rocky Rose
Practice makes perfect when it comes to pitching your business but just when you think you have it nailed, someone puts a mic in your hand, and you freeze; or your presentation fails, and you freeze. We've all been there.
Join us for a fun evening at George's where they are turning the stage area over to us for an Open Mic night for Entrepreneurs. Practice your pitch. Do stand up. Sing (just kidding). Do whatever it takes to feel comfortable in an uncomfortable environment.
You'll have plenty of time to pitch and pitch again while coached by Heather Lux of WWBIC, Marie Watkins and Marshall Folger of Polaris Talent, Inc, and others who will be on hand during this unique networking event. RSVP in advance to get your name on the list to participate. Bring your family and friends so you have a cheering section!
The pitch clinic will wrap up about 7pm and we'll end the evening with original music from Rocky Rose to cap off our inaugural Startup Racine Week.
George's has a great food menu and good drink prices. Please plan on supporting them this evening by having dinner and drinks while hanging out with us.