‘Hatch’ event encourages entrepreneurship in central Wisconsin

PLOVER, Wis. (WAOW) — An event aimed to help entrepreneurs keep their dreams alive took place in Plover, on Wednesday.

It’s very similar to the hit ABC show, ‘Shark Tank.’ Contestants took to the stage to pitch their invention.

“A number of our businesses [entrepreneurs who grew their businesses from scratch] are like that and so that’s how we want to develop our businesses, bring jobs from our community that are building businesses here,” Todd Kuckkahn, of the Portage Co. Business Council said.

‘Hatch’ hosted six different businesses from central Wisconsin for the grand finale.

  1. QikVin Wine Preservation: A container that serves wine, preserves wine and keeps it fresh.
  2. Key Collector Comics Mobile App: world’s first and only database and price guide that focuses exclusively on the most valuable comic books.
  3. Scape: A new baby product that synchronizes aspects of mobiles, light projectors and sound machines into the ultimate sleep enhancement device.
  4. Amira Learning: The first intelligent reading assistant tool for young children that listens, assesses and coaches to accelerate their reading skills.
  5. Flip N Easy: A plastic measuring scoop with a funnel attached by a folding handle. With one hand, you can scoop powder, close the funnel, and pour the mix into any bottle.
  6. Siren Shrub Company: They make sipping vinegar’s using locally grown fruits and herbs picked at the peak of the season.

Amira Learning, of Wisconsin Rapids, took home the gold on Wednesday.

The business was awarded $5,000 towards the start up.

Contestants qualified from regional events in Marshfield, Stevens Point, Wausau, Wisconsin Rapids, and two wild-card businesses.

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