January 31st is the final day to enter the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest – the nation’s first statewide, tech-based business plan competition.  The contest’s Grand Prize is worth $50,000 in cash and services.
DEADLINE TO ENTER: 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31

Seven lucky reasons to enter the Governor’s Business Plan Contest:
1. You don’t have to be Tolstoy. The first phase entry is no more than 250 words, so there are no stresses about writing “War and Peace.”

2. It’s free. There is no cost to enter, other than your time.

3. No stamps? No worries. All entries are accepted through www.govsbizplancontest.com

4. Your chances of winning something are pretty good. If past contests are any indicator, roughly one in 14 entrants will reach the finalist round. That’s better odds than a Super Bowl bet!

5. You’ll meet some interesting people. The 50 semi-finalists may attend a half-day “boot camp,” where they’ll meet potential investors, successful entrepreneurs and others with start-up experience.

6. Your idea will get some valuable exposure. Semi-finalists may post their executive summaries on the Wisconsin Angel Network web site for secured review by accredited investors. Also, leaders in Wisconsin’s business press may see news value in your story.

7. Past winners have been successful. Most finalists from past years report they’re still in business and attracting investors, partners and clients to their ideas.

Enter now at www.govsbizplancontest.com and take part in the nation’s only statewide, tech-based business plan contest!
Sponsors of the 2009 contest to date: Aberdean Consulting LLC; American Transmission Co.;  Associated Bank; The Boldt Company; CG Schmidt Co.; EarthIT; Fitchburg Technology Campus; Foley & Lardner LLP; The Gialamas Company; Johnson Block CPAs; Journal Interactive, the digital media division of Journal Communications, Inc.; Loughrin Accounting & Tax Service; Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences; Madison Gas & Electric Co.; McAllen TEC Campus; Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; Midwest Airlines; Murphy Desmond, S.C.; Quarles & Brady LLP; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.; Ruedebusch Development & Construction; Smith & Gesteland LLP; State of Wisconsin Investment Board; TDS Telecom; University Research Park; Wisconsin Department of Commerce; WisBusiness.com; Wisconsin Angel Network; Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.; and the Wisconsin Technology Council.