Fifty entries from 26 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced Monday.

The contestants were selected from a field of 172 qualified first-round entries by an independent panel of about 85 judges organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council and its programs, the Tech Council Innovation Network and the Tech Council Investor Networks.

The semi-finalists reflect the diversity of Wisconsin’s economy and are spread among four broad categories: advanced manufacturing (12), business services (13), information technology (12) and life sciences (13).

Battery technologies, safety equipment for firefighters, watercraft, drone applications, rapidly deployed housing ‘pods,’ wearable technology, ways to take organic material out of the waste stream and turning crickets into a food source are among the top 50.

Also among entries that advanced are software or information systems related to photo and image archiving, trucking, travel, human resources, physical training, supply chain management, business networking, bus passes and soil testing.

Also moving on to the next round were plans tied to medical breakthroughs, such as treating or diagnosing cardiac arrhythmia, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, heparin reactions, opiate addictions, strokes and a specific leukemia.

“Trends reflected in the top 50 entries match up well with Wisconsin’s traditional and emerging strengths,” said Toni Sikes, chairwoman of the Tech Council and co-founder of CODAworx. “Good ideas come from all high-growth sectors of the economy.”

The 50 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 50 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 move on to Phase 3, in which contestants will write a full 15- to 20-page business plan.

The top dozen contestants will give live presentations at the annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference on June 6 at Union South in Madison. Category winners, as well as the 2017 Grand Prize Winner, will be announced during the BPC Awards Luncheon on June 7.

Sponsors are contributing cash, office space, legal assistance, accounting, marketing, web development, prototyping and more. About $2 million in cash and in-kind prizes have been awarded since the inception of the contest. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is a major sponsor.

Additional lead sponsors of the 2017 contest thus far include @1403; American Family Insurance; American Transmission Co.; AT&T; Hudson Business Lounge; Michael Best; Midwest Prototyping; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren; Quarles & Brady; University Research Park; and Whitewater University Technology Park. Associate sponsors include 100state; Murphy Desmond; and Smith & Gesteland. Additional sponsors are EZ Office Products; iCandy Graphics & Web Design; Irontek; Madison Gas & Electric; Marshfield Clinic; PowerBuy 4 You; SCORE Wisconsin; State of Wisconsin Investment Board; UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations; and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

Here are the 2017 semi-finalists in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.  Reporters wishing to contact individual contestants may do so through the Wisconsin Technology Council by calling 608-442-7557.

Submission Name First Name Last Name City
CTL Solutions, LLC Harini Aiyer Shorewood
Pixologie Mollie Bartelt Milwaukee
Cellular Logistics Inc Adam J Bock Sun Prairie
Travel Like a Local Angela Boerke Madison
Pivot Interactives SBC Peter Bohacek River Falls
MiPod USA Timothee Brzozowski Oshkosh
i65, LLC Melinda Caughill Mequon
Career [RE]Search Group Chris Czarnik Appleton
NexGen Gun Ranges Trevor Derksen South Milwaukee
Northern Star Fire LLC Jeff Dykes Eau Claire
Nano Red, LLC Johnathan Ebben Milwaukee
Forsythe & Storms Technologies, LLC Lorne Forsythe Oak Creek
Blue Line Battery Dustin Herte Hartford
TELECO SYSTEMS Henry Hile Mequon
SafeLi Carol Hirschmugl Shorewood
Sourcing USA Inc. Christopher Hoppe Milwaukee
accessAmerica Group, LLC Jeff Hunter Pleasant Prairie
Synesis, LLC Kenneth Iwinski Wisconsin Rapids
Pilot Training System Christopher Johnson Madison
Liquid Biopsy for Cancer Diagnosis Tonny Johnson Madison
Upper Room Technology Matthew Kee Green Bay
ThirdSpace Scott Kohl Madison
Plumb Pharmaceuticals Lisa Krugner-Higby Middleton
DotCom Therapy Correll Lashbrook Madison
VibeTech, Inc. Jeffrey Leismer Sheboygan
Health Connection Jordan Mather Appleton
Tundra Therapeutics Jeffrey Medin Milwaukee
Menet Aero, Inc. Peter Menet Milwaukee
Atrility Medical Randal Mills Madison
iMetx Kathy Monetti Madison
Pathogenomica Francisco Moya Madison
Eye Savers Jeff Mrochinski Waukesha
Fast Forward Forensics LLC Randy Nagy Madison
ReNeuroGen LLC Stephen Naylor Elm Grove
Mobile Bus Pass Nicole Nehls Madison
HIT Diagnostics Anand Padmanabhan Brookfield
Real Time Harvest Advisor Samuel Roa-Lauby Belleville
My Kids Ride, LLC Christopher Roy Pewaukee
Hovertoon, LLC. Richard Schramer Berlin
HealthTech Solutions, Inc. Dalton Shaull Chicago
SciArt, LLC Krishnan Suresh Middleton
Invive Nutrition Kyle Tamboli Germantown
Compost Crusader LLC Melissa Tashjian Milwaukee
Rapid Guard Flood Barrier System Jeff Thieding Loganville
Rigbot Shatru Thimmappa Middleton
abExponential Kyle Treige Madison
Curate Taralinda Willis Madison
EWPanel LLC Chunhua Yao Madison
Cardigan LLC Matt Younkle Madison
Gregor Diagnostics Tobias Zutz Madison

*Entries from outside the state are eligible if committed to locating some aspect of their business within Wisconsin.