Six Racine businesses have completed the Launch Box Growth Accelerator at Gateway Technical College and will compete in a May 15 pitch contest for seed funding.

Alex Upendo, center, of Build-a-Bow won the Launch Box pitch competition in 2017.

The Launch Box Growth Accelerator, an 11-week program funded in part by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., is held at Gateway’s SC Johnson iMET Center in Sturtevant. It aims to give startups and existing businesses support to help them launch or grow. Launch Box also has a co-working space on the Racine Gateway campus.

At the competition on Tuesday, five judges will evaluate the pitches and choose the top three. The first place winner will receive $5,000, second place will get $4,000 and third place will receive $3,000. The runners up will each receive $2,500. Read the full story here.