September 28, 2023

Stellar Tech Women takes high money prize throughout season premiere of Venture Pitch It

Marina Bloomer. Picture courtesy of Venture Pitch It.

The return of Venture Pitch It, a Wisconsin program just like “Shark Tank,” this weekend noticed a brand new batch of entrepreneurs pitch their companies to a panel of moguls for his or her likelihood to win a number of prizes.

The winner of this week’s $10,000 Venture Pitch It Award was Marina Bloomer, founder and program director of Middleton-based Stellar Tech Women. Bloomer is a former aerospace engineer trying to ensure no younger lady concerned with STEM will get left behind.

Bloomer stated though 74% of center faculty women initially categorical curiosity in STEM, solely 15% of the engineering workforce consists of ladies.

“While you’re 12 years outdated, you’re desperately attempting to determine who you might be and the way you match it,” stated Bloomer. “Sadly for women who love science and expertise, it may be onerous to search out your individuals and place.”

Stellar Tech Women is an empowering STEM program for women and non-binary children ages 9-14. This system, which is a one-week day camp, goals to supply a welcoming surroundings that builds members’ confidence. Stellar Tech Women additionally supplies weekend workshop alternatives and birthday occasions.

“Firms like my firm, we’d like a pipeline of engineering expertise, so what you’re doing is spectacular and vital to the longer term development of enterprise in Wisconsin,” stated Gale Klappa, WEC Power Group govt chairman and Venture Pitch It mogul.

This week’s Jendusa/UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Middle award went to Rice Lake-based Trailhead Adventures. The corporate rents new Polaris side-by-side off-road automobiles. Dana and Jennifer Heller, founders of the corporate, need Trailhead Adventures to turn out to be the go-to place for off-road leases in northern Wisconsin.

The corporate is seeking to entice extra Monday by way of Thursday riders, in addition to company outings and group constructing occasions. Trailhead Adventures’ 14 automobiles all have a GPS system that exhibits drivers the varied off-roading trails all through the state.

“We want monetary help to assist our family-owned enterprise proceed to develop our buyer attain,” stated Dana Heller.

The corporate has already utilized for vacation spot signage to draw extra guests.

The Hellers took residence a $5,000 money prize in addition to help companies together with funding steerage and mentoring from UW-Milwaukee’s Lubar Entrepreneurship Middle and “BreakthruU.”

Elzie Flenard III, founding father of Wauwatosa-based Podcast City, is that this week’s We Energies/DNA award winner. Flenard created his media firm to assist different companies construct belief, develop affect and improve authority by way of using podcasts.

Podcast City is a full-service podcast company that works with its shoppers to broaden each their content material and viewers.

Podcast City has helped organizations together with the College of Wisconsin-Extension and Marquette College with their respective podcasts.

“As a enterprise proprietor, you must be on the market, your face must be seen and you must be in every single place,” stated Flenard. “Podcasting provides you the power to try this by partnering with podcast hosts and podcast manufacturers who’ve already completed the onerous work of constructing an viewers.”

Flenard gained $1,500 and not less than one session of mentoring in advertising and marketing from an organization chief.

The following episode of Venture Pitch It airs Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on WISN-TV Channel 12 in Milwaukee. BizTimes Media is a media accomplice for Venture Pitch It.