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City seeking judges for new entrepreneur pitch competition

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The City of Bloomington and Minneapolis Regional Chamber are gearing up to launch Hatch Bloomington, a retail pitch competition that gives ambitious entrepreneurs the opportunity to win a $100,000 award, receive significant personal and brand exposure and access to a robust network of business resources. Ideal pitches will include a storefront presence in Bloomington.

We are currently seeking volunteer judges to review several rounds of competition pitches between May and August. Ideal candidates have experience in entrepreneurship, small business ownership, venture capital, mentorship and/or leadership positions in the Twin Cities’ business community. Visit for more information and to apply. The deadline to apply to be a judge is February 16.

Hatch Bloomington is an idea inspired by Hatch Detroit.


Bloomington, the fourth largest city in Minnesota, is a dynamic urban center with more than 90,000 residents and 3,500 businesses. Bloomington has a strong employment market, with two jobs for every city resident in the workforce. The city is one of the key drivers of the Minneapolis -St. Paul regional economy with industries including healthcare, hospitality, technology, and manufacturing. Home to Mall of America, Bloomington is also a major tourist destination for the upper Midwest. 

Hatch Bloomington goals

  • Support the existing, and growing, small business community in Bloomington.
  • Position Bloomington as an attractive location for outside investment and economic activity.
  • Build and maintain a pipeline of up-and-coming entrepreneurs who are Bloomington-focused.
  • Strengthen partnerships and other drivers of economic growth throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

About the Minneapolis Regional Chamber

The Minneapolis Regional Chamber is the largest local chamber in Minnesota. With nearly 2,300 members we are proud to serve businesses and stakeholders in Bloomington and across the five-county area. Our mission is to impact the economic vitality of the region by advocating for policies and initiatives that create an inclusive and equitable environment in which businesses, employees, and communities thrive.