Co-working spaces, brand design services and social media consulting are just some of the prizes to be awarded to the Top 28 finalists in the 2019 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. This year’s prize pool, which also includes cash, is valued at $150,000.
The 16th annual contest culminates with live presentations by the “Diligent Dozen,” June 4 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Milwaukee. Awards will be presented at the June 5 BPC Luncheon, sponsored by Madison Development Corp. Register here for the conference at Venue 42 at Milwaukee Brewing Co.
In addition to cash prizes, Wisconsin companies are offering a variety of service or “in-kind” prizes year. For many contestants, these services will provide an important jumpstart in getting their businesses rolling. Such contributions include:
- Office and co-working space provided by StartingBlock; Irontek; Pieper Properties; University Research Park; Whitewater University Tech Park; Ward4; Hudson Business Lounge & Café and 100 State
- Legal services provided by Michael Best; Murphy Desmond; Quarles & Brady and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren.
- Accounting, financial, regulatory services and mentoring classes provided by Applied Management; Cresa; Kinetic Compliance Solutions; Kollath & Associates; and SCORE Wisconsin.
- Marketing, branding, social media, public relations, design services and advertising provided by Aberdean Consulting; COLLABORATIVEcreative; Eppstein Uhen Architects; Iron Forge Development; Midwest Prototyping; Reverbal Communications; Spencer X Smith and AmpliPhi; Wisconsin Public Radio (Ideas Network) and Gravity Marketing.
Sponsors contributing to the cash prize pool are led by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and include Aberdean Consulting; American Transmission Co.; AT&T; BloodCenter of Wisconsin; Cresa; Kollath & Associates; Madison Gas & Electric; Marshfield Clinic Health System; Michael Best; Midwest Prototyping; Neider & Boucher; OneNeck IT Solutions; State of Wisconsin Investment Board; UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement; and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.