Inside Wis: Biz Plan Contest finalists reflect market trends, startup teamwork

By Tom Still MADISON – By the time the annual Governor’s Business Plan Contest boils down to its “Diligent Dozen” live presenters, a result of five months of judging and mentoring, a series of tough cuts throughout the competition has yielded the best of the best.

‘Diligent Dozen’ selected to present live at June 3 Entrepreneurs’ Conference

MADISON – 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 12th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison.

State Journal: Finalists in the Biz Plan Contest include some familiar names

April 19, 2014 Tech start-ups may be drawing heaps of attention lately but the top two dozen companies still in the running in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Competition represent a wide variety of industries, from Pan Genome Systems’ vaccines for dairy cows to Little Green Pencil’s system for scoring golf outings.

State Journal: Fourteen Madison area companies advance in the BPC

April 18, 2014 Twenty-four companies — including 14 from the Madison area — have made the second cut and are moving forward as finalists in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. The local finalists offer products and services ranging from condensed, lactose-free milk to biopesticides for farms and water treatment, and from custom game publishing to […]

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

April 16, 2014 MADISON – Twenty-four entries representing sectors as broad as software, agriculture, water technology, medical devices and innovations in manufacturing are competing in the finalist round of the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Renaissance Learning CEO to speak June 3 at Entrepreneurs’ Conference

MADISON – John “Jack” Lynch Jr., chief executive officer of Renaissance Learning, a Wisconsin-based online education company recently purchased for $1.1 billion, will speak June 3 at the 12th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison. Visit www.WiTrepsConference.com to register and learn more. “Early bird” registration is open through May 13 and special hotel rates apply […]

Biz Plan Contest ‘boot camp’ puts 70 ‘treps through startup paces

March 12, 2014 WAUKESHA – More than 70 entrepreneurs from communities across the state took part in the annual “boot camp” sponsored as a part of the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. The afternoon exercise consisted of peer-to-peer practice pitches, tips on how to win the contest, a blueprint for best practices in […]

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.

Nearly 300 entries received for this year’s Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest

February 6, 2014 MADISON – Entrepreneurs from 87 communities across Wisconsin submitted 292 entries in the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest organizers announced Thursday.

Top 10 reasons to enter the 2014 Governor’s Biz Plan Contest; Deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 31

January 30, 2014 MADISON – The entry deadline for the 11th 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: