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Entrepreneurs Showcased Their Business Ideas, One Winner Receives $2000

By Portage County Business Council

In partnership with the BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation and NEWaukee, Stevens Point hosted the first regional Hatch event on May 16 at Eron’s Event Barn. Hatch is a community-based startup pitch platform to help develop “napkin” ideas into early-stage companies. At the event businesses pitch their ideas, local jurors ask follow up questions, and choose one company to receive a $2,000 prize to further their business idea. All winning businesses, and a few wildcards, have a chance to pitch for a $5000 grand prize again in the fall. The voting at the Stevens Point event was tough. The jurors deliberated for quite a while and ultimately the fan vote led to the decision of which business would take home $2,000.

The winning company is Michael More with The Scape. The Scape is a new product that combines the successful attributes of mobiles, light projectors, and sound machines in a small form factor that lulls infants to sleep. The patterns are rooted in natural rhythms like the frequency of ocean waves or the sun’s magnetic resonance. Roughly the size of a football, The Scape sits next to the baby’s sleeping area and projects a high-contrast kinetic pattern of light and shadows onto the ceiling and is accompanied by coordinating sounds.


Other pitches included:

  • Karen D. Orr – iMyK9 | iMyK9 is a portable, cellular “baby monitor” in cars for dogs.
  • Nick Coglianese – Key Collector Comics Mobile App | Key Collector Comics Mobile App Key Collector Comics (KCC) is the world’s first and only database and price guide that solely features the comic book industry’s most valuable books – known as “key issues.” I personally created the database, by hand, over the course of two years because collectors deserved a better experience. The database contains over 7,000 books, is free on iOS and Android devices.
  • Katja Marquart – Flowpath | Flowpath is a yoga exercise system integrating yoga with meditative labyrinth walking. The system allows users to create a yoga experience by selecting a series of poses graphically represented on small yoga mats. These mats are placed at specific points along the pre-defined path and users walk the path while doing the yoga poses. This system is easy to use, can be modified in countless ways, and has growth potential. A website will serve as the POS offering accessories and other services.
  • Michael Bridgeforth – HairHoncho | HairHoncho is a mobile app, that hairstylists can manage their businesses smarter and connect to more clients with easy to use technology, so they can spend time doing what matters.

Special thanks to Eron’s Event Barn for hosting the event, to our jurors, and to everyone who attended the event to support entrepreneurship.

  • Mike Wiza – Mayor, City of Stevens Point
  • Missy Skurzewski-Servant, PhD – Dean, School of Business & Technology at Mid-State Technical College
  • Dan Blumenstein – Director of Client Support at Rack Industrial, LLC
  • Jenny Resch – Interim Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Economic Development at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  • Will Emory – Director of Customer Support & Community Engagement at Red Arrow Labs
  • Todd Sobotka – Managing Partner BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation