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April 21, 2021
MILWAUKEE — Marquette University’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation Initiative and Milwaukee-based Brady Corporation will partner for the eighth annual Brewed Ideas Challenge on Friday, April 23, from 1p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The Shark Tank-style student pitch competition awards $23,000 in seed money and will be held in an in-person/virtual hybrid format. Registration to watch a livestream of the competition is open to the public and available online.
Ten finalists will compete in one of two tracks: social venture and traditional business. The finalists are mentored by leaders at Brady Corporation and are participating in virtual workshops led by the 707 Hub leading up to the live pitch event. First-place winners in each track receive $7,500 in seed money. Second-place winners receive $2,000 in seed money. Winners of the Audience Choice and Brady Innovation awards receive $1,000 in seed money. This year, an Excellence in Inclusive Impact category was added, with the winner receiving a $2,000 award.
The finalists include:
The competition will be judged by Russell Shaller, President, Identification Solutions, Brady Corporation, Nicole Westenberger, Vice President, Global Ecommerce and Marketing, Brady Corporation, and Brandon Rule, president of Rule Enterprises.
The Brewed Ideas Challenge is sponsored by the Brady Foundation and programmed by the 707 Hub, which houses the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Initiative. This is the eighth year Marquette and Brady Corporation have partnered on pitch competitions. The program has awarded more than $120,000 during that time. Past winners include Liv a Little Ice Cream, The Color of English, JD BNB, Sendgineering, and Complete Shaping.
The 707 Hub is Marquette University’s innovation incubator; a place where ideas are shared, stretched, challenged and realized. It is home to the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and the Social Innovation Initiative.
Brady Corporation is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect people, products and places. Brady’s products help customers increase safety, security, productivity and performance, and include high-performance labels, signs, safety devices, printing systems and software. Founded in 1914, the company has a diverse customer base in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, medical, aerospace and a variety of other industries.
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