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.

Contestant Submission Name City
Katherine Baldwin STELA Medical LLC Madison
Mollie Bartelt Pixologie Milwaukee
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
Jared Burris Deneb Outdoors Madison
Joseph Carpenter CountAbout Madison
John Carter MedAssessment LLC Greenfield
Melinda Caughill 65 Incorporated Mequon
Stacey Dickert The RiverHouse Group Milwaukee
Jennifer Doering NightOwl Sleeper for Young Babies Milwaukee
Larry Donnelly Matrix IT Medical Tracking System Inc. New Berlin
Derric Francis Hunt Butler Rio
Eric Francksen Sky Ship Studios Stoughton
Gabe Freeman Swicks Madison
Paul Royal Fricano High Stakes Media LLC Menomonee Falls
Madison Green EXIX Bio Madison
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
Kendra Hill NaviTours Appleton
Robert Holton Milwaukee Craft Brew Vinegar Glendale
Brad James pHinding Solutions Milwaukee
Eric James Hydro-lite Milwaukee
Tonny Johnson A Rapid Test for the Early Detection of a Heart Attack Madison
Chris Jordan Intelligent Composites Okauchee
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
Clint Laskowski AuditPad Inc. Glendale
Cathy Liu ConfPlus Inc. Madison
Julie McFadden Eco Urban Timber LLC Menomonie
Amy Miller Élevé Technical Innerwear Verona
Tyler Moon Bladder Cancer Resectoscope Madison
Randal Mueller Cadens LLC Sullivan
Chorom Pak Lynx Biosciences LLC Madison
Mark Raabe Pellucid Water Milwaukee
Jennie Reno Reno Products LLC Menomonee Falls
Will Robus Little Green Pencil Madison
Simeon Schnapper Youtopia Chicago
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
Adam Uselmann OnLume Madison
Bryan Van Meter ErgoSense LLC Wauwatosa
Cheryl Vickroy AmebaGone Inc. Madison
Steven Visuri FloraSeq Waukesha
Patrick Walters KIINCE Madison
Ben West Concinnity Middleton
Adam Wickersham Race Torch Milwaukee


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