September 27, 2023

Wisconsin-themed golf attire enterprise wins prime prize on Mission Pitch It

Kyle Herzog is co-founder of Inexperienced Bay-based Outdated Common Golf. Picture courtesy of Mission Pitch It.

The highest prize winner on this week’s episode of Mission Pitch It has discovered a option to capitalize on Wisconsinites’ delight of their residence state.

Entrepreneur Kyle Herzog is co-founder of Inexperienced Bay-based Outdated Common Golf, an organization that sells Wisconsin-inspired golf attire.

The startup received this week’s Peg Ann and David Gruber Mission Pitch It Award, value $10,000.

Herzog and his two co-founders have been impressed to begin their firm after ending a spherical of golf in Inexperienced Bay and recognizing one other golfer carrying a hat with the form of Wisconsin on it. He stated there are two issues disproportionately well-liked in Wisconsin: a love of golf and a way of delight for the state.

“Individuals have a lot native delight. You go to any retailer and go searching, how many individuals are carrying a shirt that claims Wisconsin or ‘WI’ or is inexperienced and gold?” stated Herzog.

Certainly one of Outdated Common Golf’s hottest designs is a golf shirt referred to as the I-43. The shirt options design components from the Wisconsin state license plate. The corporate is trying to broaden its retail presence in brick-and-mortar places. Herzog additionally hopes to bolster the corporate’s advertising efforts.

Milwaukee-based Swathe Items took residence a $5,000 money prize, in addition to help providers together with funding steerage and mentoring from UW-Milwaukee’s Lubar Entrepreneurship Heart and “BreakthruU.”

Founder Elizabeth Mueller has created a reusable cloth present wrap that takes the mess out of unwrapping items throughout household gatherings or holidays.

“While you’re wrapping a gift with Swathe, you’re additionally giving a present in a present for a more healthy planet,” stated Mueller.

Swathe makes use of upcycled extra cloth sourced from native producers within the creation of its merchandise. Mueller stated the corporate is having a troublesome time assembly the demand for its merchandise underneath its present manufacturing capabilities. She’s employed three individuals to assist her sew Swathe present wraps and is hoping to enter into extra wholesale partnerships with native retailers.

Milwaukee-based Colourful Connections, a variety recruiting and retention agency, received the We Energies/DNA Award, which features a $1,500 money prize and at the very least one session of mentoring in advertising from an organization chief. The startup companions with shoppers to assist them attain their variety, fairness and inclusion (DEI) targets.

Founder Morgan Phelps shared how Colourful Connections focuses on bolstering its shoppers’ skill to draw, retain, develop and maintain the work wanted to foster an inclusive firm tradition.

“We accomplice with leaders to create various and inclusive groups with a built-to-last mindset, like the soundness of a three-legged stool,” stated Phelps. “I exploit the analogy as a result of if you happen to’re taking a look at a stool and there’s one leg that’s wobbly or damaged, you don’t have stability. We take a look at DEI in that very same respect.”

Phelps hopes to fundraise to create a search instrument that may permit her to create a database of contact info for job candidates.

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