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 NameSchoolName
FreLockLa Follette High SchoolAaraf khondaker
Nova VitaBrookfield AcademyAmanda Roessler
unRaveledBrookfield AcademyAndy Liu, Christian Hong, Pablo Dale
PowKiteLongfellow Middle schoolAthena Anderson
SUNtactsLongfellow Middle SchoolAudrey Catlin
JunctionNeenah High SchoolAustin Babbitt
Rice BraceLongfellow Middle SchoolAva Frazer
Lyloh ChairWhitman Middle SchoolAvery Krieghoff
More-ShmallowsBrookfield AcademyBen Otto, Barker Schlick, Matthew McElligott, Roth Yenerich
FiaLongfellow Middle SchoolCambrielle Sanders
Smart DoseWhitman Middle SchoolEthan Espinosa
Stay 100Neenah High SchoolEvan Krook
The VirusNew Richmond High SchoolEvelyn Perez Mora
RunBootLongfellow Middle SchoolIsabella Fiorentini
The Species IdentifierLongfellow Middle SchoolJenna Wood
BlackBOXJames Madison MemorialLamar Whigham
Flair FriesBrookfield AcademyLauren Geenen
Multi-ChairWhitman MIddle SchoolLeah Cortright
Leaf No TraceGreendale High SchoolLuke Terry
Think TwiceLa Follette High SchoolMaichi XIong
DateSafeElkhorn Area High SchoolMargaret/Meghan Mroch/Mertes
Bio-LoonsLongfellow Middle SchoolMaria Knaack
pedal PowerNeenah High SchoolMarshall Kools
Helping HandLongfellow Middle SchoolMax Ranft
Voice SignLongfellow Middle SchoolMelissa Henningsen
Smart SanitizerWhitman Middle SchoolMyles Calhoun
PB & Whey Business PlanBrookfield AcademyPriya Ahuja, Cormac Malloy, Aidan Medora, Michael Hoggart
SeaNETWauwatosa East High SchoolSasha Simons
VR treadmillLongfellow Middle SchoolSophia Kirklewski
Walking Talking Business Buddy (WTBB)Longfellow Middle SchoolTallulah Teipel
TheHalcyonProjectLongfellow Middle SchoolVivi Andersen
Project OuthouseNeenah High SchoolWill Clark
The SafeWayLongfellow Middle SchoolZoe 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.