A statewide panel of judges have selected 33 entries to advance to Phase 2 of Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle school and high school.

Students submitted their science- and tech-based 250-word business summaries through the contest website – www.WisconsinYES.com – in April to compete in Phase 1. More than 100 entries were received from around the state.

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:


Submission Name School Name
FreLock La Follette High School Aaraf khondaker
Nova Vita Brookfield Academy Amanda Roessler
unRaveled Brookfield Academy Andy Liu, Christian Hong, Pablo Dale
PowKite Longfellow Middle school Athena Anderson
SUNtacts Longfellow Middle School Audrey Catlin
Junction Neenah High School Austin Babbitt
Rice Brace Longfellow Middle School Ava Frazer
Lyloh Chair Whitman Middle School Avery Krieghoff
More-Shmallows Brookfield Academy Ben Otto, Barker Schlick, Matthew McElligott, Roth Yenerich
Fia Longfellow Middle School Cambrielle Sanders
Smart Dose Whitman Middle School Ethan Espinosa
Stay 100 Neenah High School Evan Krook
The Virus New Richmond High School Evelyn Perez Mora
RunBoot Longfellow Middle School Isabella Fiorentini
The Species Identifier Longfellow Middle School Jenna Wood
BlackBOX James Madison Memorial Lamar Whigham
Flair Fries Brookfield Academy Lauren Geenen
Multi-Chair Whitman MIddle School Leah Cortright
Leaf No Trace Greendale High School Luke Terry
Think Twice La Follette High School Maichi XIong
DateSafe Elkhorn Area High School Margaret/Meghan Mroch/Mertes
Bio-Loons Longfellow Middle School Maria Knaack
pedal Power Neenah High School Marshall Kools
Helping Hand Longfellow Middle School Max Ranft
Voice Sign Longfellow Middle School Melissa Henningsen
Smart Sanitizer Whitman Middle School Myles Calhoun
PB & Whey Business Plan Brookfield Academy Priya Ahuja, Cormac Malloy, Aidan Medora, Michael Hoggart
SeaNET Wauwatosa East High School Sasha Simons
VR treadmill Longfellow Middle School Sophia Kirklewski
Walking Talking Business Buddy (WTBB) Longfellow Middle School Tallulah Teipel
TheHalcyonProject Longfellow Middle School Vivi Andersen
Project Outhouse Neenah High School Will Clark
The SafeWay Longfellow Middle School Zoe and Daniel Casey


Phase 2 will require students to develop their business plan in more detail in a 1,000-word executive summary. Place finishers will be announced in early June and will be eligible for cash and prizes. The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to present their winning idea June 5 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference at Venue 42 at Milwaukee Brewing Co., Milwaukee. For more information on the conference, visit www.witrepsconference.com.

The Wisconsin YES! contest is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council. Major support is provided by WEA Trust, Intrepid Charitable Partners, and the UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement.

Contest partners include 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

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 www.WisconsinYES.com or contact the Wisconsin Technology Council at 608-442-7557.