The return of Project Pitch It, a Wisconsin program similar to “Shark Tank,” this weekend saw a new batch of entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to a panel of moguls for their chance to win several prizes.

The winner of this week’s $10,000 Project Pitch It Award was Marina Bloomer, founder and program director of Middleton-based Stellar Tech Girls. Bloomer is a former aerospace engineer looking to make sure no young woman interested in STEM gets left behind.

Bloomer said although 74% of middle school girls initially express interest in STEM, only 15% of the engineering workforce consists of women.

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