Contest Timeline

Submit your idea!

Deadline: January 31, 5 p.m.
  1. Phase 1: Idea Abstract

    Submission Period: December 1, 2020 – Jan. 31, 2021, 5 p.m.

    Entries should be roughly 250 words (or no more than 2,000 characters – including spaces) and must fall into one of four categories: Advanced Manufacturing; Life Sciences; Information Technology or Business Services.

  2. Phase 2: Executive Summary

    Submission Period: February 19, 2021 – March 12, 2021, 5 p.m.

    The Top 50 entries, plus ties, will submit an Executive Summary. Entries should be no more than 1,000 words (or no more than 8,000 characters – including spaces).


    A business plan boot camp for Phase 2 participants will be held in early March.

  3. Phase 3: Business Plan

    Submission Period: April 5, 2021 – April 26, 2021, 5 p.m.

    The Top 20 entries, plus ties, will submit 15- to 20-page Business Plans. Judges will review the plans and pick three finalists from each category who will advance to the final phase of the competition.

  4. Entrepreneurs’ Conference

    June 2021

    The “Diligent Dozen” will square-off with presentations at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference.  Judging will help determine the category winners and the Grand Prize winner.


    All winners will be announced at the 2021 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference .