The mission of the Governor’s Business Plan Contest is to encourage entrepreneurs in the creation, start-up and early-growth stages of high-tech businesses in Wisconsin. Participants have the chance to win seed capital, valuable services that will help them launch their businesses and share in more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 2,300 entries have been received and about $1.5 million in cash and services (such as legal, accounting, office space and marketing) have been awarded.
The 10th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest will begin accepting entries online for the 2013 competition on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. For more information, click here.
Produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council and a growing list of partners, the Governor's Business Plan Contest engages contestants in a six-month process that includes mentoring and comments from judges on selected plans. It will also lead to valuable public and media exposure for the best business plans submitted by contestants and spur economic growth in Wisconsin. In addition, past finalists have raised a reported tens of millions of dollars in private equity, such as angel and venture capital.
Watch Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch’s video on why entrepreneurs should enter the 2013 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest here.
Visit the Governor’s Business Plan Contest website to learn more or submit your idea.
The 2012 BPC sponsors included:
Aberdean Consulting LLC
American Transmission Co.
Baird Venture Partners
City of Waterloo
Kohner Mann & Kailas
Madison Gas & Electric Co.
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
The Milwaukee Institute
Murphy Desmond S.C.
Park Towne Development
Quarles & Brady LLP
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.
Rusk Prairie Consulting
Smith & Gesteland LLP
State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Starkweather & Associates
University Research Park
Urban Land Interests
UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Wisconsin Angel Network
Wisconsin Technical College System Foundation