A reinvented wheelchair wheel, a mobile application for shopping, a high-tech way for anglers to find fishing hot spots and a device to help sufferers of acid reflux disease will present their award-winning business plans at the Tuesday, July 24, meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network’s Madison chapter.
The luncheon will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Madison’s John Nolen Drive. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for WIN members, $35 for non-members and included with WIN corporate memberships.
Winners of the 2012 Governor’s Business Plan Contest were announced June 6 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, where the top 12 contestants squared off in making oral presentations on their plans. Some 248 entries were received in January from contestants in more than 75 communities. About 65 judges and mentors took part during the contest’s four stages.
“The competition in the Business Plan Contest gets tougher every year, as these four category winners will demonstrate,” said Tom Still, president of the Tech Council, which manages the contest. “We’re looking forward to these encore presentations in front of a Madison-area audience.”
The seven-minute presentations include contest winners in four categories: Advanced Manufacturing, RoWheels, led by Rimas Buinevicius and Jan Moen of Madison; Business Services, Style Shuffler, led by Aaron Larner of Madison; Information Technology, Strategic Fishing Systems, led by Dan Reed and Ryan Rist of Madison; Life Sciences, Reza-Band, led by Nick Maris of Mequon. RoWheels was the Grand Prize winner.
WIN is the membership arm of the Tech Council, the independent, non-profit science and technology adviser to the governor and the Legislature. It has chapters in Milwaukee, Madison, Northeast Wisconsin, Central Wisconsin, the Lake Superior region and Western Wisconsin. To join WIN, go to www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com or call Molly Lahr at 608-442-7557.