Forty-nine entries from about two-dozen communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the eighth annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced Monday.


The contestants were selected from a field of 220 first-round entries by an independent panel of nearly 60 judges 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 semi-finalists reflect the diversity of Wisconsin’s economy and are spread among four broad categories: advanced manufacturing (14), business services (11), information technology (13) and life sciences (11). That proportion roughly reflects the mix of Phase 1 entries in the contest’s four categories.


Energy generation and management, other “cleantech” ideas, software solutions, industrial processes, health diagnostics, drugs and medical devices were specific sectors that drew a number of entries. The contests also attracted entries focused on products for children and older adults, as well as sports and recreation innovations.


“Wisconsin continues to build a pipeline of entrepreneurs,” said Mark Bugher, chairman of the Tech Council. “The quality of the ideas submitted was very strong again this year, supporting our belief that Wisconsin has the ideas, the innovative culture and the entrepreneurs necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy.”


The 49 entries competing in Phase 2 of the contest are writing summary business plans of no more than 1,000 words. Each plan 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.


Phase 2 plans will be filed online by 5 p.m. March 14; the next judging period will last about two weeks. All of the Phase 2 contestants were invited to a March 2 Business Plan Contest “boot camp” in Milwaukee to help them write their Phase 2 plan.


Once Phase 2 judging is complete, the 49 entries may be made available for inspection by accredited investors through the Wisconsin Angel Network, which has 28 member angel networks, private equity funds or corporate strategic partners.

About two-dozen plans will move on to Phase 3, in which contestants will write a full business plan. Four regional or collegiate contests will feed into the statewide competition for Phase 3. Those are the Mason Wells BizStarts Collegiate Business Plan Competition, the G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition at the UW-Madison, the Marquette University Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship Business Plan Contest and the Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest.


First prize in the statewide contest is worth $50,000 in cash and services. Prize winners will be announced June 7-8 at the annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, to be held at the The Pfister Hotel. The top dozen contestants will give live presentations at the conference – with judges scoring those pitches as a part of selecting the winners.


Sponsors of the 2010 contest and 2011 sponsors to date include: 5Nines/Matador Consulting; Aberdean Consulting LLC; Alliant Energy; American Transmission Co.; Associated Bank; Baird Venture Partners; Earth Information Technologies; Fitchburg Technology Campus; Foley & Lardner LLP; Forte Research Systems; Frontier Airlines; Functional Biosciences; The Gialamas Company; The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Journal Interactive; The Milwaukee Institute; Kollath & Associates, CPAs; The Luminis Group Ltd.; Madison Area Technical College; Madison Gas & Electric Co.; McAllen TECH Campus; Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; Mortenson Construction; Murphy Desmond; Perkins Coie; Quarles & Brady LLP; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.; Ruedebusch Development & Construction; Rusk Prairie Group; Smith & Gesteland LLP; State of Wisconsin Investment Board; TDS Telecom; University Research Park; Wisconsin Department of Commerce;; Wisconsin Angel Network; Wisconsin Tech College System; Wisconsin Technology Council; WTN Media; and Xcel Energy. To become a sponsor, call 608-442-7557 or visit


Here are the 2011 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 ext. 27.


Ankit Agarwal                Imbed Biosciences                     Madison

Marco Araujo                 InterMeds                                  Green Bay

Suman Banerjee            WiRover                                     Madison

Joseph Beck                 Impedance-Based Cell Analyzer   Madison

John Bender                  Simple Campus Housing             Colgate

Erwin Berthier                Painless Home Cholesterol Test  Madison

Richard Bowers             Matrix Reading Solutions             Hobart

Andrew Brown               HS Sports                                  Madison

Douglas Buch                PaveDrain                                  Greenfield

Jonathan Cleveland        Superior Analytical                      Belleville

Timothy Collins              Curbside Home Tours                  Jefferson

Brian Curry                    Lumen Healthcare                       Pewaukee

Ivan Davis                      Revolution Recycling                   Jefferson

Carlos de la Huerga        VeraTrue                                    Delafield

Farzad Diba                   Next Generation Travel Search     Mequon

Donato Diorio                 ThumbCast                                 Oconomowoc

Greg Dockter                 Topical Bleeding Gel                    Cottage Grove

Katie Dogs                    Triton Fish Meal                           Madison

Ryan Dover                    LocalGrown                                 Lake Geneva

Brennon Garthwait          Renwig Custom                           Fort Atkinson

John Gillies                    Stop-Safe                                   Madison

Rajesh Guntupalli           Mold Detection Apparatus            Auburn, Ala.

Jeff Hayes                     BreadSt-Your Ave to the Web       Neenah

Patrick Heaney              NCD Coatings for Micro Tools       Middleton

Kyle Jaeger                   OilSTAT Oil Condition Monitor       Kenosha

Pat James                     DEMET for better copper mining    Madison

Aaron   Larner                VizChart EMR                             Madison

Jeff LeDuc                     SolarWindow                               Appleton

Jim Maerzke                  21st Century Wheelchair              Kenosha

Joan Martinie                 International Student Services       Whitefish Bay

Nathan Patterson           Mu – Games for STEM Education  Madison

Jonathan Pearl               Perceptral                                   Racine

Bobby Peterson             My Coverage Plan                        Madison

Peter Petit                     Vacuum-Insulated Window Glass  Pewaukee

Thomas Primiano           NanoOncology                             Madison

Amy Recob                   The BugaBees                             Middleton

Amy Reno                                     Wauwatosa

Tomas Roa-Lauby          Accelerated Renewable Energy     Monona

Brett Roth                     No More Smoke-Breaks                Milwaukee

Abdalla Saad                 3S Therapeutics-Drug Delivery       Madison

Michael Saucier             DropWatt Energy Management      Madison

Ryan Schultz                 OpeningDesign                            Fort Atkinson

Brad Schwei                  PureTech Systems                       Neenah

Evan Sengbusch            Modular Biologics                         Middleton

Jeremy Shafton              Door-6 Madison                           Madison

Jeffrey Smith                  Kinetic Performance Systems      Nashotah

Hans Sollinger               Treatment of Type I diabetes         Madison

Robert Steffes                Flying Cart LLC                           Waukesha

Brandon Taff                   Birdieworld                                  Neenah