2015 Grand Prize Winner:
bluDiagnostics, Katie Brenner, Life Sciences
BluDiagnostics of Madison is developing a Fertility Finder, a device that looks like a basal thermometer. A woman places it in her mouth for one minute and a disposable paper strip inserted into the device grabs a saliva sample and measures the presence of two hormones: estradiol and progesterone. The results are sent to the woman’s mobile phone through an app, and may be sent to her physician, as well.
2015 Category Winners:
Advanced Manufacturing: Intelligent Composites, Chris Jordan. Intelligent Composites, Okauchee, is an advanced materials and manufacturing company with a novel metal matrix composite material platform. Aluminum graphite silicon carbide is wear-resistant, stronger, stiffer and self-lubricating when compared to traditional aluminum alloys. The first product for manufacture and sale is a composite cylinder liner for internal combustion engines.
Business Services: Hunt Butler, Derric Francis. Hunt Butler, Rio, provides a platform for hunters to find lands to be leased for short periods of time from landowners across Wisconsin, and eventually the globe. Along with providing a marketplace for landowners and hunters to find each other, Hunt Butler also collects information and ratings from both parties.
Information Technology: 65 Incorporated, Melinda Caughill. 65 Incorporated, Mequon, gives people turning 65 and older, whether working or retired, the fast, easy, expert and unbiased information they need to make important Medicare decisions with confidence. The company provides individualized guidance through software products offered online and consulting services via telephone, web conference or face-to-face.