The Chippewa Valley is bustling with innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, and for the past six years, Startup Chippewa Valley Week has been at the forefront of celebrating and promoting this burgeoning startup ecosystem. Presented by Royal Credit Union, this annual event has been a catalyst for connecting, educating, and empowering entrepreneurs in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, and Altoona.
In 2023, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
A Celebration of Entrepreneurship
This year's Startup Chippewa Valley Week is scheduled to take place from November 13 to 17, 2023. The week will be filled with over 15 in-person events, aimed at creating awareness, fostering collaboration, and equipping the local community with the knowledge and inspiration needed to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region.
While in-person events provide a unique opportunity for face-to-face interaction and networking, it's also important to note that all programming at CoLab will be simultaneously streamed on Zoom, expanding the reach and making the event accessible to a wider audience.
Partnerships that Drive Success
Startup Chippewa Valley Week is made possible by a network of local organizations and businesses. Some of the key partners include Royal Credit Union, CoLab, the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation, the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, Chippewa Valley Technical College, the Menomonie Chamber and Visitor Center, the City of Altoona, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Entrepreneur Program, the Small Business Development Center at UWEC, UW-Stout, and Ruder Ware. These partners play a pivotal role in organizing workshops, panels, networking events, and discussions, all designed to provide training, skills, and development opportunities for participants.
Diverse Range of Events
Startup Chippewa Valley Week offers a diverse range of events tailored to entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders. Here are some of the highlights of the 2023 program:
Leadership Luncheon: A gathering of thought leaders and entrepreneurs to discuss leadership in the startup world.
Eggs & Issues: Bridging the gap between education and the workforce.
Business in Blu Panel: A discussion exploring how college students perceive local businesses and their role in the community.
Financial Wellness Bootcamp: A session focused on the financial aspects of running a successful business.
Red Letter Grant Awards: An event that recognizes and supports women entrepreneurs in the region through monetary grant funding.
Musky Tank Mixer: An opportunity for startups to meet potential investors and partners.
1 Million Cups: A weekly educational program designed to engage, educate, and connect entrepreneurs.
Intentional Planning: A workshop on strategic planning for startups.
Legal Issues Surrounding Business Startups: A session that delves into the legal aspects of starting a business.
WiSys Innovation OnRamp Pitch Celebration: A platform for showcasing innovative startup ideas.
HATCH Pitch Competition: A pitch competition for startups to pitch their ideas for a cash prize.
Feedback Flip: An interactive session to help entrepreneurs become better at receiving feedback.
Finding Your Sweet Spot: A discussion on understanding and maximizing profitability.
The Coven - Eau Claire Grand Reopening: A celebration of women-owned businesses.
Fuckup Nights Eau Claire: An event where entrepreneurs share their stories of failure, emphasizing the lessons learned from their mistakes.
A Movement for Change
Startup Chippewa Valley Week is not just an event; it represents a movement to inspire, innovate, and create a lasting, positive impact in the Chippewa Valley and beyond. It serves as a reminder of the region's potential and its bright entrepreneurial future. With the unwavering support of the community, organizations like Royal Credit Union, and dedicated partners, the Chippewa Valley is well on its way to becoming a thriving hub for startups and innovation.
To stay updated on the latest information and to participate in Startup Chippewa Valley Week 2023, visit the official website. Be a part of this exciting celebration of entrepreneurship and contribute to the continued growth and success of the Chippewa Valley startup ecosystem.