Pablo Dale, Christian Hong and Andy Liu, who will be seniors this fall at Brookfield Academy, are the grand prize winners in Wisconsin YES!, a statewide youth business plan contest for students in middle and high school.
Dale, Hong and Liu’s company, unRaveled, is a tangle-free earbud case that slides on the back of phones.
Students submitted their ideas in a 250-word online summary to compete in Phase 1 of the contest. Professionals from across the state served as judges, provided feedback and scored the ideas. About two-dozen entries were selected to move on to Phase 2, where they submitted 1,000-word executive summaries covering company overview; product or service description; customer definition; market description, size and sales strategy; competition; management team; financials; and capital needs.
Second place was awarded to Sasha Simmons of Wauwatosa East High School for her entry SeaNET, is a biodegradeable nets to the fishing industry. Evan Krook, Jack Vandyke and Andrew Watt of Neenah High School were awarded third place with their entry, Stay 100, a retractable charging cord wheel.
The Wisconsin YES! contest is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council. Major support is provided by WEA Trust, Intrepid Charitable Partners, UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement, and the Wisconsin Technical College System.
Contest partners include the Department of Financial Institutions, Department of Public Instruction, the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, Make a Difference Wisconsin, Project Lead the Way Wisconsin, STEM Forward, Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers and Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials.
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 https://wisconsinyes.com/ to learn more.
In alphabetical order of the submission name, other participating finalists in the sixth annual contest were:
|Bio-Loons||Longfellow Middle School||Maria Knaack|
|BlackBOX||James Madison Memorial||Lamar Whigham|
|DateSafe||Elkhorn Area High School||Margaret/Meghan Mroch/Mertes|
|Fia||Longfellow Middle School||Cambrielle Sanders|
|Flair Fries||Brookfield Academy||Lauren Geenen|
|FreLock||La Follette High School||Aaraf khondaker|
|Helping Hand||Longfellow Middle School||Max Ranft|
|Junction||Neenah High School||Austin Babbitt|
|Leaf No Trace||Greendale High School||Luke Terry|
|Lyloh Chair||Whitman Middle School||Avery Krieghoff|
|More-Shmallows||Brookfield Academy||Ben Otto, Barker Schlick, Matthew McElligott, Roth Yenerich|
|Multi-Chair||Whitman MIddle School||Leah Cortright|
|Nova Vita||Brookfield Academy||Amanda Roessler|
|PB & Whey||Brookfield Academy||Priya Ahuja, Cormac Malloy, Aidan Medora, Michael Hoggart|
|pedal Power||Neenah High School||Marshall Kools|
|PowKite||Longfellow Middle school||Athena Anderson|
|Project Outhouse||Neenah High School||Will Clark|
|Rice Brace||Longfellow Middle School||Ava Frazer|
|RunBoot||Longfellow Middle School||Isabella Fiorentini|
|Smart Dose||Whitman Middle School||Ethan Espinosa|
|Smart Sanitizer||Whitman Middle School||Myles Calhoun|
|SUNtacts||Longfellow Middle School||Audrey Catlin|
|The SafeWay||Longfellow Middle School||Zoe and Daniel Casey|
|The Species Identifier||Longfellow Middle School||Jenna Wood|
|The Virus||New Richmond High School||Evelyn Perez Mora|
|TheHalcyonProject||Longfellow Middle School||Vivi Andersen|
|Think Twice||La Follette High School||Maichi XIong|
|Voice Sign||Longfellow Middle School||Melissa Henningsen|
|VR treadmill||Longfellow Middle School||Sophia Kirklewski|
|Walking Talking Business Buddy (WTBB)||Longfellow Middle School||Tallulah Teipel|