Fifty-two entries from 30 communities advanced to the semi-final round of the annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Contestants emerged in first-round competition involving an independent panel of about 70 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 (14), business services (11), information technology (13) and life sciences (14). Within those broad categories, plans range from industrial automation ideas to medical device and diagnosis innovation, and from food and beverage innovation to technologies to improve use of water and land.

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