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WiSys VentureHome-Eau Claire Announces First Cohort

Updated: Apr 15


WiSys VentureHome-Eau Claire begins first cohort for their new accelerator with virtual programming amidst COVID-19

WiSys VentureHome-Eau Claire, a new startup hub, announced its first ever cohort.


The seed accelerator launched at the beginning of April 2020 with six individuals all looking to start their own businesses in the area.



The accepted individuals and businesses are:

Jim McDougall, UpStream AV | Eric Boud, Life-Line

Beth Crowell, The Hippie Banker | Brian Graff, Solar Forma

Aaron Accola, ALO Applications | Mary Cait McManamon, Spark Convos, LLC


A steering committee consisting of eight professionals, experienced members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Eau Claire, reviewed and determined those that were accepted to the program.


The cohort will work with this steering committee over the next six months to complete programming and receive assistance to further their businesses.


CoLab, a coworking space located in the heart of downtown Eau Claire, will serve as the physical space for participants where they will have access to a larger state-wide ecosystem, entrepreneur toolkits, research and technologies coming out of the University of Wisconsin system, intellectual property and legal strategy assistance, and possible seed funding.




“We were absolutely amazed by the response and amount of applications we received from those who wanted to be part of our first cohort,” said Elaine Coughlin, Community Manager of CoLab. “Our steering committee spent many hours reviewing applicants and going through a rigorous decision process.”








“This first cohort of entrepreneurs represent a wide range of startup sectors, which is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of Eau Claire,” added Adhira Sunkara, Manager of Innovative Ventures at WiSys.





WiSys VentureHome-Eau Claire is a pilot program that will serve as a startup hub in downtown Eau Claire at CoLab, a coworking space.


Through programming, it will offer access to statewide resources with community initiatives to provide local entrepreneurs access to a full menu of startup resources in their community.


With the COVID-19 pandemic ceasing all in-person meetups, it does create a challenge in bringing the cohort to meet in person, but the WiSys VentureHome-Eau Claire steering committee is confident that through virtual meetups and programming, they can continue to provide a valuable experience.

With the COVID-19 pandemic ceasing all in person meet ups, it does create a challenge in bringing the cohort to meet in person, but the WiSys VentureHome-Eau Claire steering committee is confident that through virtual meetups and programming, they can continue to provide a valuable experience.

About WiSys VentureHome-Eau Claire

WiSys VentureHome-Eau Claire is a startup hub that combines statewide resources with community initiatives to provide local entrepreneurs access to a full menu of startup resources in their community.


They also serve as a landing spot for Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial “alumni” to “venture home” and contribute to their local communities.


Stay up-to-date with WiSys VentureHome-Eau Claire by subscribing to the weekly CoLab newsletter or connect with them on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.


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