More than 120 business ideas around science and technology have been entered thus far in the 2016 Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science (YES!) business plan contest.

The statewide contest, produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council and modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, is open for online entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students through 5 p.m. April 4, 2016.

Open to public, private and home-schooled students across Wisconsin, the contest begins with a 250-word summary submitted through Entries that advance to Phase 2 of the competition will expand their idea into a 1,000-word executive summary.

As a tool for educators, Wisconsin YES! fosters interest in science and tech education, and encourages students to be independent, creative thinkers capable of problem solving. Throughout the process, students get feedback from professionals across Wisconsin who will serve as judges.

To get started, students create a simple account at All entries are submitted through the website. Templates and sample entries for both phases are available on the website, along with other entrepreneurial resources.

The contest is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council, with major sponsorship provided by IBM and Intrepid Charitable Partners. The Tech Council is a Section 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Your YES! contribution may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.

Supporters of the contest include: Colony Brands, Fiskars, the Department of Financial Institutions, Department of Public Instruction, the Association of Wisconsin School AdministratorsMake a Difference Wisconsin, Project Lead the Way WisconsinSTEM Forward, Wisconsin Association of School BoardsWisconsin Society of Science Teachers and Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials