Diverse mix of judges to screen entries for 2015 Governor’s Biz Plan Contest

MADISON – About 80 judges have volunteered to judge entries in the 2015 Governor’s Business Plan Contest, a field that includes judges from a cross-section of disciplines that help define Wisconsin’s startup culture.

Contestants have until 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2015, to enter their 250-word business ideas at www.govsbizplancontest.com. Read More

WISC-TV3’s ‘For the Record’ looks at 2015 Biz Plan Contest; reasons to enter

Neil Heinen, of WISC-TV3’s “For the Record,” talks with Tech Council President Tom Still and MobCraft Beer CEO Henry Schwartz about the upcoming 2015 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Schwartz was last year’s Advanced Manufacturing category winner. Watch the show here. For more information on the contest, visit www.govsbizplancontest.com.

Contestants have access to veteran mentors during 2015 Biz Plan Contest

MADISON – Experienced mentors from across Wisconsin will be available to offer advice to contestants during the 12th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Initial entries of 250 words are due by 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. There is no cost to enter. Visitwww.govsbizplancontest.com for more information and to get started.

At any point during the competition, contestants may submit their questions to veteran business mentors who have volunteered their time and expertise to assist entrepreneurs who enter by Jan. 31. Mentors will respond directly to contestants to offer one-on-one consultation.

This year’s group of volunteers includes representatives from the Milwaukee-area Service Corps of Retired Executives and the Center for Technology Commercialization.

With more than 70 members, SCORE’s Southeast Wisconsin chapter offers free business consulting, business mentoring and business resources, plus low-cost business trainings. The Center for Technology Commercialization provides support and resources as companies bring their innovations to market, particularly with applications for grants from the federal Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

In addition to access to mentors, contestants will receive feedback from more than 70 judges as the contest progresses. The judges, from around the state, the Upper Midwest and Silicon Valley, represent a cross-section of disciplines that help define Wisconsin’s startup culture.

Since its inception in 2004, more than 2,900 entries have been received and about $1.8 million in cash and in-kind services have been awarded. Contest categories are advanced manufacturing, business services, information technology and life sciences.

Past finalists have launched companies that have raised $160 million in angel, venture, grants and venture debt over time – all while creating jobs and economic value for Wisconsin. Produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council, the contest’s major sponsor is the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Additional sponsors to date include Aberdean; American Family Insurance; Exact Sciences; Kollath & Associates; Madison Gas & Electric; Michael Best & Friedrich; Nordic, UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations; and Wisconsin Technical College System.

To enter, become a judge or a sponsor, visit www.govsbizplancontest.com.

Learn more about the 2015 Biz Plan Contest at Jan. 14 event in Madison

Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 14, to learn more about the 2015 Business Plan Contest from Tom Still, Tech Council president, and Jonathan Fritz, 11-time contest judge, in a relaxed atmosphere at Genna’s Lounge in Madison.

This business plan competition provides an opportunity to summarize your ideas on paper, obtain valuable feedback from experienced judges, as well as possibly win cash and other prizes. The informal presentation will include an overview of what it means to be a competitor, the benefits you will receive from participating, as well as answer your questions on how to present your idea as a winner!

6 p.m. – Networking
6:30 p.m. – Informational presentation
7 p.m. – Q & A

There is no cost to attend and a cash bar will be available.

Please register here by 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14.

For more information on the contest, visit www.govsbizplancontest.com.

BTN LiveBIG: Wisconsin grads bring color to 3-D printing

The 3-D printing industry has a great deal of financial, scientific and technological potential. And a group of former University of Wisconsin students are trying to tap some of that by adding a little color to the finished products. Spectrom won second place in the advanced manufacturing category of the 2014 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Read the full story here.