State Journal: Wingman, a skinny flotation jacket, wins business plan contest

When a man drowned during a triathlon that Pat Hughes was also competing in several years ago, it was a life-changing moment for the shaken Hughes. “It seemed like a very preventable tragedy,” Hughes said. So Hughes and suburban Milwaukee high school classmate Mike Fox set out to develop what they envision as “the world’s […]

WisBusiness: Hyde’s slim life jackets win Governor’s Business Plan Contest

The idea behind Pat Hughes’ slimmer life jacket came when someone drowned at his first triathlon. Hughes, whose company, Hyde, won the Governor’s Business Plan Contest yesterday, decided to make a thinner life jacket that people can inflate during emergencies. “I was incredibly saddened by how tragic it was and how preventable it all seemed,” […]

News: Five UW spinoffs among finalists in Governor’s Business Plan Contest

Startups that emerged from the University of Wisconsin—Madison will vie for the top prize at the Governor’s Business Plan Contest this week during the 14th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison. On June 7, each contestant will deliver a seven-minute pitch on their business plan at the Alliant Energy Center. Awards will be announced June […]

‘Diligent Dozen’ selected to present live June 7 at Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference

Finalists representing diverse tech-based sectors in Wisconsin’s startup economy will present live to judges in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest during the 14th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison. The 13 contestants (the total includes one tie) have emerged from three rounds of judging in the contest organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council, which produces […]

From software to medical devices to water, Biz Plan Contest finalists show state’s tech range

Twenty-seven entries representing sectors as broad as software, agriculture, water technology, medical devices and innovations in manufacturing are competing in the finalist round of the 13th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. The contestants have survived two rounds of judging in the contest organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council and its sponsors and volunteers. A […]

State Journal: Local entries continue strong in business plan contest

Twenty-three of 53 entries that have advanced to the semifinal round of the 13th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest are from Madison or Middleton. The contestants were selected from 206 first-round entries by a panel of about 100 judges organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council, the Wisconsin Innovation Network and the Wisconsin Angel Network. […]

Lake Country Now: Big Bend company advances in state business plan contest

Essential Biotechnology LLC of Big Bend is among the 53 entries from 23 communities that have advanced to the semifinal round of the 13th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. The contestants were selected from a field of 206 first-round entries by an independent panel of about 100 judges organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council. […]

Fifty-three entries advance to next round in 2016 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest

MADISON – Fifty-three entries from 23 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 13th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced Monday. The contestants were selected from a field of 206 qualified first-round entries by an independent panel of about 100 judges organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council and its programs, […]

Count ‘em down: Top 10 reasons to enter statewide Biz Plan Contest by Jan. 31

The entry deadline for the 13th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is 5 p.m. Jan. 31. Don’t miss an opportunity to share in more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Get started at www.govsbizplancontest.com! Here are 10 reasons you should enter your business idea: It’s free. Other than the cost of your time, there is no […]

Record number of judges, investors to screen entries for Business Plan Contest

MADISON – More than 90 judges have volunteered to judge entries and provide feedback in the 2016 Governor’s Business Plan Contest, a record number that includes a cross-section of disciplines that help define Wisconsin’s startup culture. This year’s judging pool will also feature the strongest representation from early stage investors since the contest’s inception. About […]