LA CROSSE, Wis. – Joe Kremer, director of the Wisconsin Technology Council’s network for early stage investors, was among five volunteer judges for the 2024 WiSys Big Idea Tournament, held April 19 in La Crosse.

The WiSys Big Idea Tournament is an annual competition for Universities of Wisconsin students. The event helps them showcase innovative ideas to a statewide audience through a “pitch” contest and more.
UW-Whitewater’s Dylan Caruso won the competition with his rod shell idea, which protects fishing rods. He won $2,500 in seed funding and will give his presentation again at the WiSys SPARK Symposium this July.

In addition to Kremer, judges were: Missy Hughes, chief executive officer, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.; Jennifer Gottwald, director of licensing, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation; Idella Kangas, director of economic and employer engagement, Universities of Wisconsin; Garret Lauderdale, vice president, Idea Fund of La Crosse.

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