Fifty-four entries advance to next round in 2015 Governor’s Business Plan Contest
Fifty-four entries from 26 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 12th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced Tuesday.
The contestants were selected from a field of 238 qualified 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 (15), business services (14), information technology (14) and life sciences (11).
Water technologies, health information technologies, software solutions, agriculture, products and processes for manufacturing, and medical devices 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 hunting and fishing industries.
“Trends reflected in the top 54 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 54 entries competing in Phase 2 of the contest will write 1,000-word executive summaries. 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 54 entries may be made available for inspection by accredited investors through the Wisconsin Angel Network, which has about two-dozen angel networks, early stage 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 2 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Category winners, as well as the 2015 Grand Prize Winner, will be announced during the BPC Awards Luncheon on June 3.
Sponsors are contributing cash, office space, legal assistance, accounting, information technology consulting, marketing and more. About $2 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 2015 contest thus far include: 100state; Aberdean Consulting; American Family Insurance; AT&T; Exact Sciences; Kollath & Associates; Madison Gas & Electric; Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences; Michael Best & Friedrich; Nordic; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren; SCORE Wisconsin; Tweedee Productions; University Research Park; UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations; and the Wisconsin Technical College System.
Here are the 2015 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.
|Katherine||Baldwin||STELA Medical LLC||Madison|
|Lynn||Biese-Carroll||Clinics On The Road SC (COTR)||Kenosha|
|Robert||Blanchar||Vibrations Tackle LLC||McFarland|
|Katie||Brenner||bluDiagnostics Fertility Finder||Madison|
|Tom||Burden||Grypshon Industries LLC||Milwaukee|
|Stacey||Dickert||The RiverHouse Group||Milwaukee|
|Jennifer||Doering||NightOwl Sleeper for Young Babies||Milwaukee|
|Larry||Donnelly||Matrix IT Medical Tracking System Inc.||New Berlin|
|Eric||Francksen||Sky Ship Studios||Stoughton|
|Paul Royal||Fricano||High Stakes Media LLC||Menomonee Falls|
|Daniel||Guerra Jr.||AltusMedical Group Inc.||Madison|
|Tim||Hart||Trumergence: 3D Printed Custom Dental Healing Abutments||Shorewood|
|Nancy||Higgs||Pure + Simple Online Interior Design||Madison|
|Robert||Holton||Milwaukee Craft Brew Vinegar||Glendale|
|Tonny||Johnson||A Rapid Test for the Early Detection of a Heart Attack||Madison|
|Reed||Kinning||Bike Recovery Network||Madison|
|Justin||Knupp||Cyder Technology LLC||Middleton|
|George||Koonce||Athlos 360||Fond Du Lac|
|Amy||Labus-Olson||E – Flight Training Records, LLC||Holmen|
|Julie||McFadden||Eco Urban Timber LLC||Menomonie|
|Amy||Miller||Élevé Technical Innerwear||Verona|
|Tyler||Moon||Bladder Cancer Resectoscope||Madison|
|Chorom||Pak||Lynx Biosciences LLC||Madison|
|Jennie||Reno||Reno Products LLC||Menomonee Falls|
|Will||Robus||Little Green Pencil||Madison|
|Leyuan||Shi||LS Optimal, Inc.||Madison|
|Charlie||Slater||Harvey Allen Outdoors Inc.||Grantsburg|
|Todd||Steppke||Deer Lick Stick||Montello|
|Christopher||Storms||Forsythe & Storms Technologies LLC||Oak Creek|
|Menachem||Tabanpour||Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling LLC||Madison|
|Bryan||Van Meter||ErgoSense LLC||Wauwatosa|