Job Creation through Capital Donation


BrightStar Announces Receipt of Capital Catalyst Grant

Thursday, May 7, 2020

MILWAUKEE, May 7, 2020 – BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Capital Catalyst Grant (CCG) from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). The goal of the CCG program is to increase the availability of capital to startups and emerging growth companies to support their growth and attract additional private investment. WEDC does this by providing matching grants to seed funds like BrightStar and other eligible entities dedicated to stimulating entrepreneurship.

BrightStar Announces Two New Investments “Give Me Liberty” Receives Acclaim and Awards

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

MILWAUKEE, March 4, 2020 – BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc. today announced that it has invested in two more Wisconsin based companies: Stem Pharm, Inc. and AgriCycle Global, Inc. These investments bring to 54 the number of early-stage Wisconsin companies in which BrightStar has invested.

Tom Shannon, Mastermind Of Job Growth and Early Stage Companies

Friday, September 27, 2019

Mike Malatesta is the founder, author & host of "How'd it Happen," a podcast that explores the stories of successful people from all walks of life. In one of his recent podcasts he follows Tom Shannon, the founder and CEO of BrightStar Wisconsin in an episode called "Tom Shannon, Mastermind Of Job Growth and Early Stage Companies - Episode 51."

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BrightStar Wisconsin Announces Fall 2019 Hatch Events

Thursday, September 26, 2019

MILWAUKEE, October 2, 2019 - BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc. launched the Hatch entrepreneurial pitch program in 2017 in the central part of the state. That successful launch allowed BrightStar to expand the program in 2018 and 2019. 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.

BrightStar Wisconsin invests in a Milwaukee film

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

MILWAUKEE, August 7, 2019- Brightstar Wisconsin Foundation announced its recent investment in “Give Me Liberty”, a film that has now received acclaim from critics around the world. The freewheeling yet profound comedy was shot entirely in Milwaukee and was co-written, directed, and produced by individuals from the area.  It is only the fourth film ever to be invited to both the Sundance and Cannes film festivals.

Amira Learning selected as the winner of the Central Wisconsin Hatch Regional Finale

Press Release
Monday, November 12, 2018

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 12, 2018 – Area entrepreneur Pete Jungwirth of Wisconsin Rapids took home the top prize at the Central Wisconsin Hatch Regional Finale Wednesday night held at the Noel Car Barn, earning $5,000 for his company, Amira Learning. The company uses artificial intelligence technology to help teachers assess students’ reading levels and improve their skills individually, based on specific areas where they need help.