Fifty-three entries from 23 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 13th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced Monday.

The contestants were selected from a field of 206 qualified first-round entries by an independent panel of about 100 judges organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council and its programs, the Wisconsin Innovation Network and the Wisconsin Angel Network.

The semi-finalists reflect the diversity of Wisconsin’s economy and are spread among four broad categories: advanced manufacturing (14), business services (12), information technology (13) and life sciences (14).

Water technologies, health information technologies, software solutions, agriculture, products and processes for manufacturing, and medical devices and treatments were sectors that drew a number of entries. The contest also attracted entries focused on innovations in fishing, fitness and music.

“Trends reflected in the top 53 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 53 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 53 entries may be made available for inspection by accredited investors through the Wisconsin Angel Network, 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 7 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Category winners, as well as the 2016 Grand Prize Winner, will be announced during the BPC Awards Luncheon on June 8.

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 2016 contest thus far include American Family Insurance; American Transmission Co.; Ascendancy Advisors; AT&T; Pieper Properties; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren; SCORE Wisconsin; University Research Park; and Whitewater University Technology Park. Associate sponsors include 100state; Cresa Madison; Kollath CPA; Makin’ HEY Communications; Midwest Prototyping; Murphy Desmond; Neider & Boucher; and Smith & Gesteland. Additional sponsors are Aberdean Consulting; BizStarts; EZ Office Supplies; Fine Point Consulting; Madison Gas & Electric; PowerBuy 4 You; Red Arrow Production; UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations; and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

Here are the 2016 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.


SubmissionFirst NameLast NameCity
Advanced Braille ReaderGrantAndersonRandom Lake
Pixologie Inc.MollieBarteltMilwaukee
Gain Sight Inc.JosephBlusteinMadison
Responsive Writing SolutionsDaveClarkShorewood
Angio360 Diagnostics LLCStephanieCossetteWauwatosa
Innovative Process to Upcycle Nitrogen from WastewaterNarimahEhrMadison
Loreto InnovationQueEl-AminMilwaukee
Asto CTDavidErgunMadison
Forsythe & Storms TechnologiesLorneForsytheOak Creek
Export AbroadAustinGrandtMadison
Seiva TechnologiesAndrewHampelMilwaukee
Skin Cancer DetectorNickHoppeMadison
HydePatHughesElm Grove
Essential Biotechnology LLCMichaelJamesBig Bend
The Farm Vet AppAbigailJensenDelavan
Rapid Blood Test for Cancer DiagnosisTonnyJohnsonMadison
The Writer PrepKreighKnerrDelafield
Candid Brilliance MusicJocelynKopacElkhorn
Energy BalanceJoeKremerMadison
Complete Phytochemical Solutions LLCChristianKruegerCambridge
Comfort Care for Animals LLCLisaKrugner-HigbyMiddleton
Radiopathomix: Noninvasive Prostate Cancer StagingPeterLaVioletteMilwaukee
Beyond Measure LLCRonLitsheimAppleton
WeightUp SolutionsDanielLitvakMadison
AIM: Architecture Information ModelingAminMojtahediMilwaukee
Fast Forward Forensics LLCRandyNagyMadison
Guard LlamaCaraNarkunChicago, Ill.*
Foodexus LLCAda C.NielsenRiver Hills
Lynx BiosciencesChoromPakMadison
ClassmunityAlanaPlattWhitefish Bay
Mikroflot TechnologiesJoseRamirezMilwaukee
ActiveEDU LLCJordanRhodesOshkosh
Riemer SystemsDaveRiemerWhitewater
Remex Static MixerEricRonningMadison
Phosphorus Upcycling from Anaerobic DigestersMenachemTabanpourMadison
Compost Crusader LLCMelissaTashjianMilwaukee
AmebaGone Inc.CherylVickroyMadison
My Snow HeroChadWilkeMiddleton
Waggledance Inc.DavidZethmayrMauston

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