Fifty-five entries from 24 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 19th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced.

Contestants emerged in first-round competition involving an independent panel of about 80 judges organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council and its programs, the Tech Council Innovation Network and the Tech Council Investor Networks.

The semi-finalists are spread among four broad categories: advanced manufacturing (13), business services (15), information technology (16) and life sciences (11). Within those broad categories, plans range from water technologies to education tech, from workforce recruitment solutions to energy-saving processes, and from medical devices to recreational businesses.

Those 55 plans also represent the geographic diversity of Wisconsin, with 30 coming from outside the state’s two largest cities. Fourteen of 55 entrants are women; 14 represent people from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

“Trends reflected in the top 55 entries match up well with Wisconsin’s traditional and emerging strengths,” said Greg Lynch, chairman of the Tech Council. “Good ideas come from all high-growth sectors of the economy. In many cases, these ideas reflect innovation born during the challenging times of COVID-19”

The 55 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 55 entries may be made available for inspection by accredited investors through the Tech Council Investor Networks, which includes angel networks, early-stage funds and corporate funds, among others. About two-dozen plans will tape a 15-minute pitch deck for judges in phase 3.

The top dozen contestants will give live presentations at the annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in June. Category winners, as well as the 2022 Grand Prize Winner, will be announced during the June conference.

Sponsors are contributing cash, office space, legal assistance, accounting, marketing, social media management and more. About $2.5 million in cash and in-kind prizes have been awarded over time. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is a major sponsor.

Additional lead sponsors of the 2020 contest thus far include AirDeck; AT&T;  Quarles & Brady; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren; SCORE; Ward4; Associate sponsors include Makin’ Hey!; Murphy Desmond; and AmpliPhi + Spencer X Smith. Additional sponsors are Applied Management; Expansive;  Irontek; Madison Gas & Electric; Marshfield Clinic Health System; Reverbal Communications; Versiti and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.  

Here are the 2022 semi-finalists.  Reporters wishing to contact individual contestants may do so through the Wisconsin Technology Council by calling 608-442-7557, extension 1.

Submission Name First Name Last Name City
AdventureCast Eric Compas Fort Atkinson
Amruth Group Mike Reilly Wauwatosa
Angelo Ryan Brown Madison
AppEase Nicole Tilot Denmark Adam Klawitter Rome
Badger Dental Products David Poetker Madison
Betterbin Michelle Goetsch Kronenwetter
BlkBld & Co. Joseline Nyinawabera Madison
Blokios Kristin Anastas Wauwatosa
Bluemound Software Raj Muthupandiyan Brookfield
ChloBis Water Margaret Lumley Madison
Clock’d Marc LaPierre Madison
Cold Water Techologies Jordan Sand Verona
Colorful Connections Morgan Phelps Milwaukee
CompRex, Cindy Jia La Crosse
ContraDoc David Meyers Brookfield
Contrast Dynamics Erick Oberstar Verona
CrossKudi Bobola Odebiyi Wauwatosa
Curbside Bicycles Ian Oestreich Fitchburg
CyberNINES Scott Singer Madison
Demic Atulya Reddy Madison
DroneAdair Cody Retlich Sussex
EduReality Clayton Custer Madison
Energy Tech Innovations Bryan Johnson Milwaukee
Evia Bio Nicolas Cindric Middleton
FANTM Finn Kuusisto Madison
FitStack Mohannad Alhanahnah Madison
Fleet Cycles Michael Basarich Monona
Flux XII Patrick Sullivan Madison
Fresh Facilities Benjamin Hansen Madison
Gallify Tejvir Mann Madison
Gud Medical Joseph Ulbrich Madison
HeyGov Dustin Overbeck Sturgeon Bay
Hollar Anirudh Venkateshwaran Madison
Hoplon David Joyce Mequon
In This Moment Rebekah Jasperson Grantsburg
Inspired Together Learning Michele Vosberg Madison
MSK Curbsider Sarah Kurkowski Greenfield
My Hearing Care Yi Hu Milwaukee
Otto Sciences Harsimran Kalsi Brookfield
OurGov Luke Wulsin Madison
Phaxtec Anindya Mukherjee Middleton
Phycocycle Abraham Alvarez Butler
Popins Jacquelyn Cook Madison
Rapid Radicals Technology William Schanen Milwaukee Todd Wilkins Fontana
ReNeuroGen Stephen Naylor Elm Grove
Sativa Building Systems Zachary Popp Wittenberg
ShopRocket Group Nathan Leininger Pewaukee
Simply Automate Craig Clickner Waunakee
SprayWell Dervis Gursoy Madison
Stellar Tech Girls Marina Bagot Madison
STRATF Jatinder Jit Kaur Brookfield
Thermonator Holdings Paul Gromowski Hales Corners
Trilliens Ian Favill Milwaukee