Fifty-two of 292 entries advance to next round in 2014 BPC

February 26, 2014

MADISON – Fifty-two entries from 26 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced Wednesday.

The contestants were selected from a field of 292 first-round entries by an independent panel of more than 80 judges organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council and its programs, the Wisconsin Innovation Network and the Wisconsin Angel Network.

The semi-finalists reflect the diversity of Wisconsin’s economy and are spread among four broad categories: advanced manufacturing (14), business services (10), information technology (14) and life sciences (14).

Water technologies, health information technologies, software solutions, agriculture, products and processes for manufacturing, and medical devices, imaging and treatments were sectors that drew a number of entries. The contest also attracted entries focused on sports and recreation innovations – including the state’s brewing industry.

“Trends reflected in the top 52 entries match up well with Wisconsin’s traditional and emerging strengths,” said Toni Sikes, chair of the Tech Council and co-founder of CODAworx. “Good ideas come from all high-growth sectors of the economy.”

The 52 entries competing in Phase 2 of the contest will write executive summaries of no more than 1,000 words. Each summary describes the core product or service, defines the customer base, estimates the size of the market, identifies competition, lists members of the management team and provides key financial data.

Once Phase 2 judging is complete in early April, the 52 entries may be made available for inspection by accredited investors through the Wisconsin Angel Network, which has more than two-dozen angel networks, private equity funds or corporate strategic partners. About two-dozen plans will move on to Phase 3, in which contestants will write a full 15- to 20-page business plan.

The top dozen contestants will give live presentations at the annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference on June 3 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Category winners, as well as the 2014 Grand Prize Winner, will be announced during the BPC Awards Luncheon on June 4.

Sponsors are contributing cash, office space, legal assistance, accounting, information technology consulting, marketing and more. About $1.7 million in cash and in-kind prizes have been awarded since the inception of the contest. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is a major sponsor.

Additional sponsors of the 2014 contest thus far include: 100state; 5Nines; Aberdean Consulting; American Family Insurance; American Transmission Company; AT&T; BDO; Cleantech Open; Cresa Madison; Exact Sciences; Kollath & Associates; Madison Gas & Electric; Makin’ HEY Communications; Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences; Michael Best & Friedrich; Mortenson Construction; Murphy Desmond; Pieper Properties; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren; Revelation PR, Advertising & Social Media; Smith & Gesteland; Tweedee Productions; University Research Park; and UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations.

Here are the 2014 semi-finalists in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.  Reporters wishing to contact individual contestants may do so through the Wisconsin Technology Council by calling 608-442-7557.

 Contestant                                    Idea Abstract                                                              City    

Uma Avinash MaxiROi Menomonee Falls
Bob Baddeley BlueTipz Madison
Joe Balistreri Dairyvative Technology Verona
Troy Berg Reportly La Crosse
Patrick Beyer Trinity Imaging Systems Berlin
David Buslee Bar-Ele Delafield
Melinda Caughill 65 Incorporated Mequon
Adam Cohen MagneTag Milwaukee
Marianna DeMyer Roving Blue Lena
Kathleen End Sproutr Milwaukee
Marcin Filutowicz Amebagone, LLC Madison
Alex Francis E-Trap Milwaukee
Trevor Ghylin Microbe Detectives Milwaukee
Jeremy Hach The Mobile Canning Company Middleton
Michael Hitchcock Buyer Active Madison
Shajan John NEW Works Milwaukee
Heather Johnston Find My Spot Milwaukee
Nick Jones pHinding SolutIONS/Intellisensor Madison
Austin Kadulski FilterVolt Green Bay
Laura King Elucent Medical Madison
Kelly Laux Menubuilder Oshkosh
Thom Lemmenes siliri Princeton
Jim Maerzke 5D Wheelchair Kenosha
Kiernan McGowan Zero Nine Madison
Jim McSweeney HE System Technologies Willowbrook, IL
Laura Mitchell GrandCare Systems West Bend
Michael Mitchell TAI Diagnostics Elm Grove
Ben Moga Tasso, Inc. Madison
Jeffrey Ockuly NeuroSolis Madison
Allen Oelschlaeger Content  XLerator Milwaukee
Tavis Parker The Game Crafter Madison
Peter Petit Hermetica™ No-Fog  Seal for Windows Pewaukee
Judy Reinhold Kaliber Imaging Incorporated Elgin, IL
Andrew Reyment Moxilla – SyKlowd Green Bay
David Rice Rice Technology LLC Milwaukee
Will Robus Little Green Pencil Madison
Jonathan Rodriguez Prospero Biosciences Sun Prairie
Pradeep Rohatgi Lightweight Composite Castings Milwaukee
Jon Sandbrook Pan Genome Systems Inc. Madison
Eric Schmuck Non-cellular biomaterial for chronic wound healing Sun Prairie
Richard Schramer Hovertoon Berlin
Henry Schwartz MobCraft Beer LLC Madison
Sarah Stefanos W2E Wisconsin Madison
Menachem Tabanpour NRU LLC Madison
Shobhan Thakkar Stop Searching and Start Finding – Candalytics (“CA”) Monona
Matthieu Urvoy Ijinus Milwaukee
Scott Vanderbeck Pathology Software to Aid Diagnosis of Fatty Liver Disease Oak Creek
Steven Visuri FloraSeq Waukesha
Eric Weiss Right on Target Media Fond du Lac
Monika Wingate Digsite McFarland
Bruce Winkler WebRacing, LLC Madison
Liz Worthey Codicem Genomics Germantown

Read this story in the following publications:
Door County Advocate
Green Bay Press Gazette
Wisconsin State Journal

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