MILWAUKEE – A talented line-up of finalists in the seventh annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest will compete for the contest’s top cash and in-kind prizes Tuesday during the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

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Contestants listed below will present beginning 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Pfister, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., and ending just before the evening reception. About $200,000 in cash and in-kind prizes will be awarded to those contestants and 13 other finalists. Winners will be announced at Wednesday’s conference luncheon. Wisconsin Commerce Secretary Aaron Olver will speak.

* Ankit Agarwal, ImBed Biosciences Life Sciences
* Jim Blair, FlexTec Managed Virtual Network Information Technology
* Kristin Benson Ellsworth, Peeps Eyewear Business Services
* Patrick Heaney, NCD Technologies Advanced Manufacturing
* Karl Holt, Aero-Stream Septic Remediation Advanced Manufacturing
* Jim Maerzke, Lever Propelled DCD Wheelchair Advanced Manufacturing
* Chris Meyer, Sector67 Business Services
* Don Noskowiak, Liveyearbook Information Technology
* Rishi Shah, Flying Cart LLC Business Services
* Ryan Shepherd, PhylloTech Life Sciences
* Nancy Sielaff, Population Manager Information Technology
* Joe Vosters, Friendly Bed Systems Life Sciences

ImBed Biosciences is a biomedical systems company developing advanced materials for wound care and surgical applications. ImBed’s platform technology involves ultra-thin polymer coatings with precise loadings of silver nanoparticles that will enable manufacturing of unique antibacterial biologic wound dressings.

FlexTec Managed Virtual Network is a fully-managed virtual desktop infrastructure. FlexTec delivers robust cloud-computing based IT network services to businesses.

Peeps Eyewear designs and markets quality childrens’ optical frames and accessories, providing positive “first glasses” experiences for pre-school children who GET to wear glasses.

NCD Technologies has developed a new process for decreasing thickness and improving the adhesion of nanocrystalline diamond coatings to tungsten carbide, micro-end mills. This process creates significant improvements in cutting performance, afforded by NCD coatings, that are commercially viable.

Aero-Stream designs, manufactures and markets a patented, proven, environmentally beneficial product to maintain and restore septic systems.

Lever Propelled DCD Wheelchair uses the combination of linear to rotary motion conversion and levers to produce a user-powered wheelchair that is as capable as a battery powered wheelchair and more portable than a manually powered wheelchair.

Sector67 is a non‐profit center for technology, prototyping and advanced manufacturing (hacker space) providing tools, equipment, and member networking to people in the southern Wisconsin area interested in creating innovative technology and working with the community.

Liveyearbook is reinvigorating an iconic American institution, the school yearbook. Liveyearbook’s Software as a Service platform offers schools the editorial control they need and improved economics while letting students create custom yearbooks online and/or in traditional print formats that cover the entire year.

Flying Cart LLC is a subscription-based web application for the creation and management of online stores. Customers get their own store website with credit card processing, an administrative interface for managing products and orders, automated marketing tools, and full integration of Facebook so they can quickly find customers through friends and family.

PhylloTech is an agricultural biotechnology company that is developing broad-spectrum natural product fungicides for the environmentally-friendly control of plant pathogens. The core technology of PhylloTech is a family of antimicrobial proteins, termed phylloplanins, which are naturally secreted as defenses to plant leaf surfaces.

Population Manager is a software solution that supports an ongoing flow of health-care data. It is a web-based tool that provides physicians, hospitals and other health care stakeholders with structured views of quality measures that can be used to improve patient care, reduce costs and compare performance to evidence-based standards.

The Friendly Bed System consists of framework (over and under a bed) that accommodates a full range of optional features to improve the safety, mobility, and comfort of elderly and or disabled users.

All finalists have survived three rounds of judging in the contest organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council, which produces the contest in conjunction with the Wisconsin Innovation Network, the Wisconsin Angel Network and other statewide affiliates. The contest began in late January with 285 entries from about 100 communities.

This year’s contest sponsors: 5Nines/Matador Consulting; Aberdean Consulting LLC; Alliant Energy; American Transmission Co.; Associated Bank; Earth Information Technologies; Epiphany Law; Fitchburg Technology Campus; Foley & Lardner LLP; Frontier Airlines; The Gialamas Company; The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Journal Interactive; Kollath & Associates, CPAs; The Luminis Group, Ltd.; Madison Area Technical College; Madison Gas & Electric Co.; McAllen TECH Campus; Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; Murphy Desmond; PercipEnz Technologies, Inc.; Perkins Coie; Quarles & Brady LLP; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.; Ruedebusch Development & Construction; Rusk Prairie Group; Smith & Gesteland LLP; State of Wisconsin Investment Board; TDS Telecom; University Research Park; Wisconsin Department of Commerce;; Wisconsin Angel Network; Wisconsin Tech College System; Wisconsin Technology Council; WTN Media; and Xcel Energy.

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