From basketball tickets to office space and from legal help
to cash, the Top 25 finalists in the 2015 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan
Contest will share in prizes valued at more than $150,000.
The 12th annual contest culminated with live
presentations June 2 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison. For
a list of the winners and to see photos from the event, visit www.witrepsconference.com.
In addition to cash prizes, Wisconsin companies have stepped
up to offer a variety of in-kind prizes this year. For many contestants, these
services will provide an important jumpstart in getting their businesses
rolling. In-kind contributions include:
space and facility use provided by 100state, Cresa Madison, Pieper Properties
and University Research Park.
services provided by Michael Best & Friedrich, Murphy Desmond, Quarles
& Brady and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
and financial services provided by Ascendancy Advisors, Kollath &
Associates and Smith & Gesteland.
and technical services from Midwest Prototyping and Tweedee Productions.
and mentoring from SCORE Wisconsin and STUCK LLC.
All of the Top 25 finalists will also receive two tickets to
a Milwaukee Bucks game this fall, as well as a free consultation with Cresa
Sponsors contributing to the cash
prize pool include Aberdean Consulting; American Family Insurance; American
Transmission Co.; Ascendancy Advisors; AT&T; Exact Sciences; Honkamp
Krueger & Co.; Kollath & Associates; Madison Gas & Electric;
Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences; Michael Best & Friedrich; Midwest
Prototyping; Mortenson Construction; Nordic; State of Wisconsin Investment
Board; UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations; Wisconsin Alumni Research
Foundation; Wisconsin Economic Development Corp; and Wisconsin Technical