From software to medical devices, Biz Plan Contest finalists show state’s technology range

April 16, 2014 MADISON – Twenty-four entries representing sectors as broad as software, agriculture, water technology, medical devices and innovations in manufacturing are competing in the finalist round of the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Renaissance Learning CEO to speak June 3 at Entrepreneurs’ Conference

MADISON – John “Jack” Lynch Jr., chief executive officer of Renaissance Learning, a Wisconsin-based online education company recently purchased for $1.1 billion, will speak June 3 at the 12th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison. Visit www.WiTrepsConference.com to register and learn more. “Early bird” registration is open through May 13 and special hotel rates apply […]

Biz Plan Contest ‘boot camp’ puts 70 ‘treps through startup paces

March 12, 2014 WAUKESHA – More than 70 entrepreneurs from communities across the state took part in the annual “boot camp” sponsored as a part of the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. The afternoon exercise consisted of peer-to-peer practice pitches, tips on how to win the contest, a blueprint for best practices in […]

Fifty-two of 292 entries advance to next round in 2014 BPC

February 26, 2014 MADISON – Fifty-two entries from 26 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced Wednesday.

Nearly 300 entries received for this year’s Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest

February 6, 2014 MADISON – Entrepreneurs from 87 communities across Wisconsin submitted 292 entries in the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest organizers announced Thursday.

Top 10 reasons to enter the 2014 Governor’s Biz Plan Contest; Deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 31

January 30, 2014 MADISON – The entry deadline for the 11th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is 5 p.m. Jan. 31. Don’t miss an opportunity to share in more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Get started at www.govsbizplancontest.com! Here are 10 reasons you should enter your business idea:

Prize list grows for 2014 Gov’s Biz Plan Contest; Jan. 31 is deadline to enter

January 28, 2014 MADISON – Entrants in the 2014 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest will once again compete for more than cash this year. The entry deadline for the 11th annual contest is 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at www.govsbizplancontest.com. Wisconsin companies have stepped up to offer a variety of service prizes, such as legal assistance, […]

Record number of judges to screen entries for 2014 Wis. Governor’s Biz Plan Contest

January 20, 2014 MADISON – More than 85 judges have volunteered to judge entries in the 2014 Governor’s Business Plan Contest, a record number that includes judges from a cross-section of disciplines that help define Wisconsin’s startup culture.

Thinking of entering? Learn more at the Jan. 23 info session in Madison

Join us on Thursday, Jan. 23, to learn more about the 2014 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest from Tom Still, Wisconsin Technology Council president, and Jonathan Fritz, 10-time contest judge, in a relaxed atmosphere.

It all starts with an idea: Business plan contest offers ‘treps a way to build

By Tom Still There may be as many ways to get a company up-and-running as there are startups. The lean startup methodology works for some, especially if the goal is to produce a “minimum viable product” that allows entrepreneurs to learn from potential customers before they build something the market doesn’t really want. For others […]