Join us at HATCH - Wisconsin Rapids!

June 20th, 2018 | 6:00pm-8:30pm
Urban Forestry Lab at Mid-State Technical College

Hatch is a community-based startup pitch platform to help develop “napkin” ideas into early-stage companies created and produced by BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, along with NEWaukee. It’s important to remember high-growth ideas that have scale are sought. The rules are simple. At Hatch, presenters have five minutes to pitch in front of judges and a live audience for the chance to win $2,000 and be selected as a semi-finalist for the Hatch regional finale. The audience has a chance to evaluate and vote for their favorite idea alongside the judges. Beyond the prize money, this is your chance to get the business idea that has been rattling around in your head out in front of a supportive investors, businesses, and community members. Hatch events are fun, highly social and inspirational.

In each region, the Hatch finale will include all semi-finalists and they will pitch for the grand prize of $5,000 and other business services for the most articulated and furthered business idea. There may also be one or two wildcard slots for presenters that have furthered their business idea.


Free and open to the public!

Who should come

Entrepreneurs, creatives, business professionals, organizers and investors

Learn more at www.hatchwi.com.

What to expect:

- network of wisconsin’s most creative and dynamic individuals
- collection of wisconsin’s most innovative startup resources
- access to an exclusive and unexpected venue
- complimentary food and beverages from Great Expectations
- DJ


  • Rick Bakovka – President, Regional Economic Growth Initiative (REGI)
  • David Clark – Corporate Program Management, Renaissance Learning
  • Dr. Bobbi Damrow – Vice President, Workforce & Economic Development at Mid-State Technical College
  • Doug King – Entrepreneur and Owner, BluPlay Café
  • Andy Shrago – Board of Director / Investment Committee, BrightStar
  • Mayor Zach Vruwink – Entrepreneur and Mayor, City of Wisconsin Rapids


  • Mishelle OShasky – Reengineering Employment | An employment agency that specializes in job placement for those who have had past involvement in the Criminal Justice system.
  • Curtis Manning – Confirmcare | A program that can track caregiver interactions with patients in healthcare settings, such as in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
  • Mindy McCord, Layne Cozzolino and Josh Stolzenburg – Siren Shrub Company | Shrub: Sipping Vinegars made with the highest quality, regionally sourced ingredients.
  • Evan Schuelke – Flip’n Easy | Patented powder scooper with a funnel attached by a folding handle.
  • Eugene Kim – Cleo | Customer service tool using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help businesses and startups prevent customer churn and increase customer satisfaction