We Made It to the 55 Semi-finalists of the Gov’s Biz Plan Contest

semi-finalists advance in 2021 Gov’s Biz Plan Contest

From Denmark to DeForest, 55 entries advance 
in 2021 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest

MADISON – Fifty-five entries from 31 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 18th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced.

The contestants were selected from a field of more than 250 qualified first-round entries by an independent panel of almost 80 judges organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council and its programs, the Tech Council Innovation Network and the Tech Council Investor Networks.

The semi-finalists are spread among four broad categories: advanced manufacturing (13), business services (15), information technology (14) and life sciences (13).

Those 55 plans also represent the geographic diversity of Wisconsin, with 36 coming from outside the state’s two largest cities. Eighteen of 55 entrants are women; 13 represent people from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

“Trends reflected in the top 55 entries match up well with Wisconsin’s traditional and emerging strengths,” said Greg Lynch, chairman of the Tech Council. “Good ideas come from all high-growth sectors of the economy. In many cases, these ideas reflect innovation born during the challenging times of COVID-19”

The 55 entries competing in Phase 2 of the contest will write 1,000-word executive summaries. Each summary describes the core product or service, defines the customer base, estimates the size of the market, identifies competition, lists members of the management team, and provides key financial data.

Once Phase 2 judging is complete in early April, the 55 entries may be made available for inspection by accredited investors through the Tech Council Investor Networks, which has about two-dozen angel networks, early-stage funds, or corporate strategic partners. About two-dozen plans will write a full 15- to 20-page business plan in Phase 3.

The top dozen contestants will give live presentations at the annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in June. Category winners, as well as the 2021 Grand Prize Winner, will be announced during the June conference.

Sponsors are contributing cash, office space, legal assistance, accounting, marketing, social media management and more. About $2.2 million in cash and in-kind prizes have been awarded over time. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is a major sponsor.

Additional lead sponsors of the 2020 contest thus far include AT&T;  Bizzy BizzyEUAQuarles & BradyReinhart Boerner Van DeurenRelumedSCOREStartingblock; University Research Park; Ward4; Associate sponsors include  Aberdean ConsultingMurphy Desmond; and AmpliPhi + Spencer X Smith. Additional sponsors are Hyatt Place Madison/VeronaIrontekLoughrin AccountingMadison Gas & Electric; Marshfield Clinic Health SystemNovel CoworkingReverbal Communications; and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.  

Here are the 2021 semi-finalists.  Reporters wishing to contact individual contestants may do so through the Wisconsin Technology Council by calling 608-442-7557.

Aimer

Guilherme

Rosa

Middleton

AppEase

Nicole

Tilot

Denmark

Arc Powertrain

Mike

Hodgkinson

Greenfield

Atrility Medical

Nicholas

Von Bergen

Madison

BackBone- Patient Transfer Device

Olivia

Beaudoin

Madison

Baus Technologies

Brent

Aussprung

Whitefish Bay

BookScape

Trevor

Santarius

Milwaukee

Camp Createability

Debbie

Armstrong

Monona

Citrus Innovations

Naveen

Kankate

Milwaukee

Colorful Connections

Morgan

Phelps

Milwaukee

Compost Crusader

Melissa

Tashjian

St. Francis

Cost Crater

Nicolas

Moore

Janesville

Curbside Bicycles

Ian

Oestreich

Madison

denta

Maddie

Arthur

Madison

Dispatch Coach Training Center

Michael

Garcia

West Allis

eCourt Reporters

Karen

Renee

Burlington

Energy Tech Innovations

Bryan

Johnson

Mukwonago

Estrigenix Therapeutics

Kylee

Marks

Cedarburg

Gud Medical

Joseph

Ulbrich

Madison

GLW Technologies

Srini

Ramachandra

Janesville

Intuitive Analytics

Matthew

Meis

Stevens Point

L'Eau Tech

John

Culp

Madison

Little Free Pantry Platform

Megan

Finkbeiner

Madison

Love Lives Here

Amanda

Jennings

Milwaukee

Madison Tiny Houses Production Co. (MTHCo.)

Nick

Cray

Madison

Mathetria Press

Laura

Gallagher

Madison

McCoy Heavy Industries

Charlie

McCoy

Eagle

Midwest Carbon Exchange

Max

Coller

Monona

Natural Synthetics

Mandy

Wibbing

Janesville

Nobbits USA

Ronald

Brent

Fitchburg

Nurse Disrupted

Tracy

Zvenyach

Fitchburg

Pivotal Health

Sal

Braico

Madison

PPE Warrior

Delia

Lovell

Brown Deer

Pursesuitz,

Barbara

Zabawa

McFarland

Rapid Radicals Technology

William

Schanen

Milwaukee

Red Cell Source

Gene

Wright

Pewaukee

ReNeuroGen

Stephen

Naylor

Elm Grove

Replace-A-Lace

Nancy

Brekke-Jones

Rhinelander

RoddyMedical

Lindsey

Roddy

Wauwatosa

Simul8

Erick

Przybylski

DeForest

Steady Shot

Shawn

Michels

Milwaukee

StoreItWith

Matthew

Redlinger

Muskego

Story Squad

Graig

Peterson

Shorewood

Syncarto

Woody

Wallace

Madison

Text to 9-1-1- App

Joshua

Brown

West Allis

Thermonator Holdings

Paul

Gromowski

Hales Corners

UCHardChip

Ulysses

Dinkins

Marshall

Universal Real Time Power Conversion

Debiprasad

Panda

New Berlin

UP

Luis

Gonzalez

Lake Geneva

Vaia | Collaborative Travel App

Joseph

Alioto

Wauwatosa

Ventris Learning

Robert

Meyer

Sun Prairie

Voltage Volunteering

Maria

Khokhar

Madison

Washbnb

Daniel

Cruz

Milwaukee

Water Table Measurement

Christian

Timm

Fond du Lac

ZitGenius

Adam

Simcock

Middleton

 


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