Contest Timeline

Phase 1: Idea Abstract

November 27, 2017 – January 31, 2018, 5 p.m.

The Phase 1 idea abstract submission is due by 5 p.m. CST on January 31, 2018. 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.


Phase 2: Executive Summary
February 19, 2018 – March 12, 2018, 5 p.m.

The Top 50 entries, plus ties, will submit an Executive Summary. The Phase 2 submission is due by March 12, 2018 at 5 p.m. CST. 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.


Phase 3: Business Plan
April 2, 2018 – April 23, 2018, 5 p.m.

The Top 20 entries, plus ties, will submit 15- to 20-page Business Plans. The Phase 3 submission is due by April 23, 2018 at 5 p.m. CST. Judges will review the plans and pick three finalists from each category who will advance to the final phase of the competition.


Final Phase: “Diligent Dozen”

The “Diligent Dozen” will square-off with oral presentations at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, to be held June 5-6, 2018 in Madison at UW-Madison’s Union South. Live judging will help determine the category winners and the Grand Prize winner.


BPC Awards Ceremony & Luncheon

All winners will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on June 6, as part of the 2018 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison.


* The end of each written phase is followed by about two weeks of judging.

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