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Ethan Van Grunsven Wins Grand Prize at the 2022 CEDC’s HATCH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chippewa Falls, WI – December 5, 2022 – Sconny Company, a Wisconsin Entrepreneur studying business at UW-Eau Claire, won the $5,000 at the 2022  and first place at the CEDC’s HATCH Business Pitch Competition. The Hatch event – a shark tank like business competition - held annually during Startup Chippewa Valley Week is aimed at encouraging Entrepreneurship and solidifying the region’s startup ecosystem. Ethan Van Grunsven, founder of the Sconny Company, an ambitious 19-year-old college student whose key objective is to offer chic, high-quality garments that represent Wisconsin without affiliations to universities or sports teams was chosen by a panel of five judges. Ethan plans to utilize the award money to increase production and brand recognition of his company. In addition, over 80 audience members voted for their choice [People’s Choice [...]

Ethan Van Grunsven Wins Grand Prize at the 2022 CEDC’s HATCH2022-12-05T15:50:09-06:00

2022 HATCH Business PITCH Competition

Do you have a scalable business model that can reach high growth rates over time? Do you have a product or idea that can transform into a wide variety of products or a service that is specific to certain industries or markets? Investors are looking for exceptional teams and products that fit their investment criteria so they can make a return on their investment.

2022 HATCH Business PITCH Competition2022-11-09T14:51:19-06:00

All Businesses Start With An Idea

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 [...]

All Businesses Start With An Idea2022-11-15T17:14:07-06:00

CCEDC 2021 Round-Up HATCH Business Pitch Event

Wrangle up some friends and join the CCEDC at Chippewa Valley Music Festivals for the wildest Entrepreneurial night at Chippewa Valley Wisconsin largest Start Up Pitch Event! Come cheer on your favorite entrepreneur and show your support. Entrepreneurs will each have five minutes to pitch their case to local judges and you the audience about their business ideas. In addition, you will have a chance to evaluate and vote for your favorite idea alongside the judges. Space is limited! RSVP to save your seat and watch this Wild West Idea Showdown. The best wins $5,000.

CCEDC 2021 Round-Up HATCH Business Pitch Event2021-04-23T10:25:34-05:00

A big step has been taken by Chippewa Valley’s own based start-up business

A big step has been taken by Chippewa Valley’s own based start-up business. Jim McDougall from UpStream AV has recently been named a finalist among twenty-eight other entries representing sectors as broad as health technologies and innovations in products or services who are all competing in the 17th Annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. UpStream launched in 2019 as a start-up technology business engaging in AV’s most pressing problems with next generation technology. UpStream focuses on developing next generation AV over IP solutions to make systems easier to use, faster to install, and overall, more flexible. This top of the line technology will be used more frequently in convention centers, restaurants, hotels, airports, businesses, houses of worship and various other locations with the systems that businesses need to reach their consumers in ways [...]

A big step has been taken by Chippewa Valley’s own based start-up business2020-04-24T10:45:53-05:00

CCEDC Hosts Regional Entrepreneurial Pitch Contest, HATCH

The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) is paving the way for local entrepreneurs and assisting them in bringing their business ideas alive by organizing and hosting the Chippewa Valley HATCH Program. Fostering more Startup entrepreneurs makes sense because of the role they play in helping the Chippewa Valley grow and prosper. CCEDC once again teamed with the BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc. and several area local businesses at Cowboy Jack’s Saloon in Altoona, WI on Thursday October 17, 2019 to further develop the entrepreneurial eco-system. The HATCH Program-in its second year- 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. “Brightstar and WEDC were impressed with the [...]

CCEDC Hosts Regional Entrepreneurial Pitch Contest, HATCH2019-10-23T17:29:42-05:00

Come Cheer on your favorite entrepreneurs!

Join in on the fun and come cheer on your favorite entrepreneur at Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) Regional HATCH competition on October 17th, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm at Cowboy Jack's Saloon! RSVP as seats are filling up quickly and you won't want to miss this wild west showdown in the Chippewa Valley. There are still a few open seats so reserve yours at info@chippewa-wi.com or call (715)723-7150.

Come Cheer on your favorite entrepreneurs!2019-10-11T15:40:31-05:00

UW-Eau Claire hosts Entrepreneur Meeting

On September 17th, 2019 Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) participated in the Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon at the University of Eau Claire, WI. Jonathon Horne, managing director of Idea Fund of La Crosse, a seed stage venture capital fund established in 2016 to invest in pre-revenue and early stage revenue startup companies gave a presentation on what his fund looks for when investing in startups. Rosalyn Zirngible, Marketing Specialist and Project Manager of CCEDC, provided the group with an overview of CCEDC's programs which are aimed at improving our entrepreneurial ecosystem such as our upcoming HATCH slated for October 17, 2019 at Cowboy Jack's Saloon.  

UW-Eau Claire hosts Entrepreneur Meeting2019-09-17T16:42:16-05:00

Hatch 2019

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, (October 17, 2019) – Wrangle up some friends and join the CCEDC at Cowboy Jack’s Saloon for the wildest Entrepreneurial Event in the Chippewa Valley - the 2nd Annual HATCH! Registered Entrepreneurs will each have five minutes to pitch their case to a panel of judges and a live audience about their business ideas. In addition, the audience has a chance to evaluate and vote for their favorite idea alongside the judges. Beyond the prize money, this is an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to share their fresh and creative business ideas to supportive investors, businesses, and community members! To register to pitch, visit us at www.chippewa-wi.com Similar to the Shark Tank Television Show, a panel of local judges will select the best business idea pitched to them by registered entrepreneurs. [...]

Hatch 20192019-09-17T16:42:09-05:00

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