A statewide panel of judges have selected 16 entries to advance to Phase 2 of Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle school and high school.
Students from across the state submitted their science- and tech-based 250-word business summaries through the contest website – WisconsinYES.com – in April to compete in Phase 1.
Past winners have hailed from New Berlin, Minocqua, Weston, New Glarus, Brookfield, Oshkosh, Racine and La Crosse.
Professionals committed to the development of young business leaders in Wisconsin served as judges, scoring the entries and providing constructive feedback to the students. Entries advancing to the next round, including the school, are:
|Ab Â´N Oli||Sky Sirinek, Abby Seizer||Wauwatosa/9th grade and under|
|AnywhereTour||Julius Zakaria||Oak Creek/11th grade|
|Becker Beds||Jason Adix||Mequon/11th grade|
|EZ Garden||Lily Wiemer||Wauwatosa/9th grade and under|
|Hung Dung||Derius Lucas||Wauwatosa/9th grade and under|
|Marsupial Undershorts||Cecilia Maricle, Wyatt Linder, Teemu Keinanen, Georgia Maricle, Mikko Keinanen, Nevaeh Prodzinski||Holmen/9th grade and under|
|Metopia||Wyatt Johnson||Burnett/12th grade|
|Relu||Nicholas Hu||Mequon/11th grade|
|Ripe||Wyatt Ehrhardt||Verona/9th grade and under|
|Schlick||Dalton Derringer, Sean Krueger||Crivitz/9th grade and under|
|Signfluent||Emily Scott||Wauwatosa/9th grade and under|
|Step-Up||Frankie Maynard||Brodhead/10th grade|
|Teplos Snowboard/Ski||Wyatt Barker||Appleton/12th grade|
|TouchDrive||Einthiri Mudili||Franklin/11th grade|
|We Invest||Max Ranft||Wauwatosa/9th grade and under|
|Zoom Book||Isabel Taormina||Wauwatosa/9th grade and under|
Phase 2 will require students to develop their business plan in more detail in a 1,000-word executive summary. Winners will be announced in early June and will be eligible for prizes. The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to present their product at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, June 1-2 in Milwaukee. For more information on the conference, visit witrepsconference.com.
The Wisconsin YES! contest is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council. Major support is provided by WEA Trust, and the UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement.
Contest partners have included the Department of Financial Institutions, Department of Public Instruction, the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, Make a Difference Wisconsin, Project Lead the Way Wisconsin, STEM Forward, Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers and Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials.
The Tech Council is the independent, non-profit and non-partisan science and technology adviser to the Governor and the Legislature. It serves as a catalyst for tech-based economic development in Wisconsin through programs such as the Tech Council Investor Networks, the Governor’s Business Plan Contest and the Tech Council Innovation Network.
Learn more at WisconsinYES.com or contact the Wisconsin Technology Council at 608-442-7557.