Chippewa Economic Development Corporation understands the importance of business startups and entrepreneurship and the role they play in the community. That’s why for years the organization has organized and sponsored a business pitch competition where a good idea can earn entrepreneurs cash and prizes with the ultimate goal of furthering their business. This year there were over 25 requests for applications from entrepreneurs throughout the Chippewa Valley that showed interest in pitching their business idea to the audience. What is really cool is the number of people who have ideas and want to be entrepreneurs continue to grow each year. The CEDC Hatch – A Shark Tank-like event is obviously working and is enhancing our local entrepreneur ecosystem.

From sauna rentals to pet devices, this year’s Hatch event is on track to be one of the finest pitch events in Wisconsin. In part thanks to newcomer sponsor Hill Capital Corp the event continues to grow. This year the CEDC added a private reception where the pitching participants can network with investors and many members of the Chippewa Valley Angel Network.

This event sold out in record time and will be held at the 29 Pines Restaurant and Lodge on Wednesday, November 16th, 2023 during Startup Chippewa Valley Week. Chippewa Economic Development Corporation is a proud sponsor of Startup Chippewa Valley Week – the regions largest entrepreneurship event that takes place in November each year. During that week, economic development organizations like CEDC and their partners coordinate and host events that provide training, skills, and development opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Participating in CEDC’s Hatch event allows you to gain experience as you work to secure funding for your business idea. We look forward to hearing all of the pitches and seeing who can take it all the way and win the $5,000 cash prize!