A statewide panel of judges have selected 17 entries to advance to Phase 2 of Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle school and high school.  


Students submitted their science- and tech-based 250-word business summaries through the contest website last month to compete in Phase 1 of the contest. Professionals from across the state served as judges, scoring the entries and providing constructive feedback to the students. 


Students advancing to the next round, and the names of their plans, are: Benjamin Evans, Anti-Fat Band, Templeton Middle School; Sean Glatch, EcoRrope, Pilgrim Park Middle School; Dana Goodman, Fish Fry Friday, Washington High School; Shyam Mani, GelTooth Earbuds, Pilgrim Park Middle School; Colin Gray-Hoehn, Guardian Angel Helmets, Pilgrim Park Middle School; Liz Tripi, Handy Aids, Pilgrim Park Middle School; Rita Roloff, In.tu.i.tive, Greendale High School; Leah German, KidFit Digital Media Center, Silver Lake; Neil Chand, Omnicare, Brookfield Academy; Neil Chand, ProductTrack, Brookfield Academy; Suchir Bhatt, RainBeaus Cloud Seeding, Pilgrim Park Middle School; Ryan Cray, Solar Parking Lot, Edgewood High School; Sara Linderman, SongJudge, Pilgrim Park Middle School; Anna Sipek, The Bind and Find, Pilgrim Park Middle school; Colin Mittelstaedt, Water Power 2.0, Templeton Middle School; Brad Scharlau, Wheelchair Safety Stop Device, Cochrane -Fountain City High School; and Colin Gray-Hoehn, Wonder-Waterers, Pilgrim Park Middle School. 


Phase 2 will require students to develop their business plan in more detail in a 1,000-word executive summary. The winners will be announced June 5, 2013, at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Middleton. 


The Wisconsin Technology Council produces the contest, with major sponsorship from WEA Trust. The Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority is also a sponsor. Wisconsin YES! partners include STEM Forward, Project Lead the Way Wisconsin, Make a Difference Wisconsin, Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 


Modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, Wisconsin YES! is designed to teach students how innovation in science and technology fields can be developed into plausible business plans.  It is an opportunity for students to explore the connections between science, technology, and entrepreneurship and for educators and judges to cultivate an interest in these arenas. 


Visit http://www.wisconsinyes.com/ to learn more.