Looking to be engaged in a five-month business competition that can lead to valuable public and media exposure for aspiring entrepreneurs? The Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is a yearly event that, with the help of professional mentors, can lead beginning entrepreneurs into a field of statewide resources, expert management and even possible capital.

Since beginning in 2004, the producers of this contest, Wisconsin Technology Council, have received over 3,900 entries in over 300 Wisconsin communities. To enter this contest, one’s idea must fit into one of four categories: Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Information Technology or Business Services. They then must write up a 250-word abstract idea for their plan and submit it to the contest.

Jignesh Patel, 2018 winner in Information Technology for ‘DataChat’, believes entering this contest is a fantastic way for beginning companies to refine and showcase who they are.

“The Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Competition is an impressive and well-organized event that brings the best Wisconsin has to offer all in one forum,” Patel said.

Wisconsin residents 18 years and older are eligible to enter this contest, as are teams from Wisconsin based businesses and organizations. There are four stages, leading up to the grand finale at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Contest on June 4 at Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee.

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