MARINETTE — New North, Inc., is working with the Foundation to BrightStar Wisconsin to bring an entrepreneurial pitch event called HATCH to the region Dec. 5. BrightStar, with the assistance of an entrepreneurship support grant from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), also is bringing events to Central Wisconsin and the Chippewa Valley.

New North will be in Marinette Nov. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence, 1320 Main St. The program is titled “Invent Your North” and is in collaboration with Florence and Oconto Counties. People may contact Robert Pontius at

HATCH is a rotating, high-energy idea pitch program designed to facilitate connections between prospective entrepreneurs and those within a community who support them, such as industry experts, professional service firms, banks, non-profits, business leaders and investors.

In preparation of the regional event, New North is working with its local partners to host various qualifying local events. The deadline to upload a pitch idea is Nov. 1; people may go to and select the one registration link that is closest.

The top two winners from each of these four local contests will receive prize money — $2,000 cash for first place, $1,000 for second place — and the opportunity to pitch at the regional event, where they will compete for additional funding for their business ideas and broad investor attention. Prize money at the regional event is $5,000 for first place and $3,000 for second place.

UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh also have been active in the planning of this event and separately will be hosting pitch contests for their students’ participation.

For more information about this contest, people may visit the New North website,