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'Hatch'-ing fresh networks: local start-up program begets opportunities for entrepreneurs

Hatch, a new program founded by NEWaukee and BrightStar, is a program dedicated to furthering the growth of local start-ups and will be bringing its events to the Menomonie, Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls areas this coming summer. Hatch provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their ideas in a local “Shark Tank” style competition where a panel of judges, along side investors and an audience of local residents, award points to the start-ups for the chance to win cash prizes. Although those prizes can amount up to $7,000, the main objective of the program is to equip entrepreneurs and investors with a network that will allow for the continued expansion of start-ups in the area. 

Read more about the program here.