These contestants were selected through two rounds of judging, and will compete in the finalist round of this year’s contest.

“Young companies such as those advancing in this year’s contest are examples of innovation that cuts across industry sector lines in Wisconsin,” said Gary Frings, chair of the 57-member board of directors for the Tech Council.

Finalists are building companies around drones and AI, lead detection in drinking water, food supply chain inspection, detecting birth defects, pest monitoring for crops and much more. Each will submit a 15-minute pitch deck for review by dozens of judges, and the top 12 business plans will be chosen to present in June at the 2024 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference.

See more on the contest.