Taking first place at last month’s Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium’s Elevator Pitch Olympics contest was Madison-based Clock’d, which helps area restaurants and bars recruit employees, with plans to expand soon.

Madison’s Internship On Demand, a startup that recruits and trains university students for internships at a variety of businesses, was the runner-up.

The wins come as businesses in the Madison area and around the nation grapple with workforce issues. People are quitting their jobs in record numbers in favor of higher pay and better conditions, and workplaces have been incentivized to find creative solutions to find talent.