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CCEDC partners with BrightStar on Expansion of HATCH program

CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISCONSIN – The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) announced that it is partnering with the BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation on expanding the HATCH -a community-based startup pitch platform that aims to convert strong “napkin” ideas into business plans that launch new companies- program to the Chippewa Valley in 2018!

During the Chippewa Valley HATCH program, several individuals or teams of individuals have the opportunity to pitch their brightest business idea to a panel of judges while allowing substantive connections and networking to occur between attendees during this high energy rotating event. HATCH will facilitate connections between prospective entrepreneurs and those within the area who support them such as industry experts, local economic development organizations, professional service firms, banks, non-profits, business leaders and investors.

HATCH is an outstanding program that will enhance the budding Chippewa County entrepreneur ecosystem and it helps the Chippewa Valley further develop additional platforms for star-ups to access a community of seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, coaches, and mentors” noted CCEDC President and CEO Charlie Walker. “We are thrilled to support BrightStar with the 2018 HATCH program.”

CCEDC and Brightstar are accepting applications from entrepreneurs that are interested in presenting their business ideas at upcoming HATCH events. This link will take you to the submission form: . The first HATCH event will be held on May 16, 2018, in Stevens Point. Event locations and dates for the rest of the Chippewa Valley HATCH season will be announced soon.

For more information about HATCH, please visit:

For questions about HATCH, contact Fred Raasch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Charlie Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About BrightStar Foundation: BrightStar is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation created to facilitate job creation and increase Wisconsin’s economic activity by deploying donated funds into equity stakes in for-profit early-stage, rapid growth companies. This unique approach enables the formation of new investment capital in Wisconsin through charitable donations to the foundation. For more information, please visit:

About CCEDC-The primary mission of the CCEDC is to be a catalyst for economic development in Chippewa County and foster a strong economic environment which supports businesses and nurtures growth and new investment in the region.  CCEDC is dedicated to promoting and facilitating economic development and to improve the quality of life in Chippewa County by increasing its economic base. For more information, please visit

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