Twenty-three entries from 15 communities are competing in the finalist round of the fifth annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced Thursday.
The contestants have survived two rounds of judging in the contest organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council, which is producing the contest in conjunction with its membership subsidiary, the Wisconsin Innovation Network, the Wisconsin Angel Network and other statewide affiliates. The contest began in late January with about 250 entries statewide.
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The 20 plans selected to compete in the final round will be joined later this month by selected plans from two university-based contests and one regional contest, bringing the total number of finalists to about two dozen.
Ideas from this year’s crop of finalists include products or services in energy generation or conservation, “green” building, medical devices, nanotechnology processing, drug research and production and water treatment technology. Other novel ideas in the final round include software to notify people when mail arrives in a rental box, solar-powered camping gear, a running shoe for over-40 athletes and photovoltaic sculpture that generates electricity and doubles as an outdoor ornament.
Contestants will submit a 20-page business plan for review by a panel of 57 judges established by the Tech Council, which is the independent, non-profit and non-partisan science and technology adviser to the governor and the Legislature. Each plan describes the core product or service, defines the customer base, estimates the size of the market, identifies competition, list members of the management team and provides key financial data.
The finalists’ executive summaries as well as those filed by semi-finalists are available for inspection by accredited investors through the Wisconsin Angel Network, which has 25 member angel networks, private equity funds or corporate strategic partners.
More than $175,000 in cash and in-kind prizes have been pledged for the 2008 contest thus far; first prize in the statewide contest will be worth at least $50,000 in cash and services. Prize winners will be announced June 9-10 at the annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.
Cities with finalists in the contest are:
Reporters wishing to contact individual contestants or learn more about their plans should contact Liz Katz or Tom Still at 608-442-7557.
Sponsors thus far for the 2008
Daniel Kunkel ESAN (mailbox monitoring)
William Schwan Mycophyte Discovery (cystic fibrosis drug)
Jingxi Sun Semiconductor Lighting (street lights)
Matthew Barbian Helios
Scott Daigger Sandbox International (innovation process)
Chao Xie GeoNet (location-oriented mobile social network)
Jeffrey Williams Portable Asthma Monitor
David Zethmayr High-speed data transfer Mauston
#160; Echometrix (ultrasound diagnosis)
Peter Petit V-Glass (energy-saving glass) Pewaukee
James Hamilton Graphene Solutions (nanotechnology) Platteville
Kimberly Trygar Semi-Automatic Pill/Liquid Dispenser Pleasant Prairie
Sheila Milbrath 2DX2 Geothermal Systems, Inc
Ann Hippensteel Solar Flair (TM) (photovoltaic sculpture)
Van Krzywicki Pea Pod Homes LLC
Timothy Lohman AfibAlert (medical device)
Daniel van der Weide Optametra (complex signal analysis)
James Schroeder Personalized Orthopaedic Implants
Michael Miller NxtMile (over-40 running shoe) Waunakee
Pat James DEMET (reclaiming metals from water) West Allis