2017 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest Info Session on Jan. 25

Join us at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Brocach Irish Pub in Madison to learn more about the 2017 Business Plan Contest. Tom Still, Tech Council president, and Jonathan Fritz, Chief Strategy Officer of Symphony Corporation and 13-time contest judge, will offer an overview of the contest and the benefits of participating, as […]

Student entries welcome by Jan. 31 for Govs Biz Plan Contest

MADISON – Looking for a self-directed project this semester that can lead to prizes, mentoring and live connections to the business world? The 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2017 competition until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31. The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage […]

Veteran mentors on call for Biz Plan Contest entrants

Experienced mentors from across Wisconsin will be available to offer advice to contestants during the 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Initial entries of 250 words are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. There is no cost to enter. Visit www.govsbizplancontest.com for more information and to get started. At any point during […]

2017 Govs Biz Plan Contest open for entries

The 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2017 competition until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage of tech-based businesses in Wisconsin. The contest links up-and-coming entrepreneurs with a statewide network of community resources, expert advice and mentoring, […]

Innovative life-vest startup from Elm Grove wins 2016 Governor’s Business Plan Contest

A Milwaukee-area startup whose flagship product aims to revolutionize water safety took home the grand prize in the 13th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Hyde, an outdoor sporting goods firm founded by Pat Hughes and Mike Fox in 2013, has patented “The Wingman,” a sleeker, technology-enhanced life vest that will be released this summer. […]

JSOnline: Company with new type of life jacket wins Governor’s Business Plan Contest

Hyde Expedition LLC, an Elm Grove start-up company that is developing a sleek, patented life jacket, took the top prize in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest on Wednesday. As the largest such contest in the state, the competition is key to identifying high-potential start-ups that might help boostWisconsin’s lackluster performance in forming new businesses. […]

State Journal: Wingman, a skinny flotation jacket, wins business plan contest

When a man drowned during a triathlon that Pat Hughes was also competing in several years ago, it was a life-changing moment for the shaken Hughes. “It seemed like a very preventable tragedy,” Hughes said. So Hughes and suburban Milwaukee high school classmate Mike Fox set out to develop what they envision as “the world’s […]

WisBusiness: Hyde’s slim life jackets win Governor’s Business Plan Contest

The idea behind Pat Hughes’ slimmer life jacket came when someone drowned at his first triathlon. Hughes, whose company, Hyde, won the Governor’s Business Plan Contest yesterday, decided to make a thinner life jacket that people can inflate during emergencies. “I was incredibly saddened by how tragic it was and how preventable it all seemed,” […]

News: Five UW spinoffs among finalists in Governor’s Business Plan Contest

Startups that emerged from the University of Wisconsin—Madison will vie for the top prize at the Governor’s Business Plan Contest this week during the 14th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison. On June 7, each contestant will deliver a seven-minute pitch on their business plan at the Alliant Energy Center. Awards will be announced June […]

‘Diligent Dozen’ selected to present live June 7 at Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference

Finalists representing diverse tech-based sectors in Wisconsin’s startup economy will present live to judges in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest during the 14th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison. The 13 contestants (the total includes one tie) have emerged from three rounds of judging in the contest organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council, which produces […]