Patterned after the statewide Governor’s Business Plan Contest, Wisconsin YES! (Youth Entrepreneurs in Science) is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council, with major sponsorship from WEA Trust. The Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority is also a sponsor.
Wisconsin YES! partners include STEM Forward, Project Lead the Way Wisconsin, Make a Difference Wisconsin, Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers, Wisconsin Association of School Boards and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
The mission of Wisconsin YES! is to help young people learn how science and technology innovations can be developed into solid business plans. Wisconsin students, from middle school to 12th grade, are eligible to enter individually or in small teams.
Building a more entrepreneurial and tech-savvy workforce is a challenge not only for Wisconsin, but the United States as a whole as the nation struggles to produce a globally competitive pool of workers. One example is the emerging gap between jobs in the IT sector and the number of anticipated graduates in that field. By 2021, according to the Be Bold 2 report, there will be a deficit of nearly 12,000 unfilled IT jobs in Wisconsin.
This multi-stage, primarily online contest will help middle- and/or high-school students to better envision careers in science and technology, and especially where those disciplines intersect with the creation and growth of businesses.
Contestants begin by submitting a 250-word idea abstract after registering through http://www.wisconsinyes.com/, the Wisconsin YES! website. Plans selected by contest judges will move to Phase 2, during which contestants will write a more in-depth business plan. Templates for both phases are available online, along with other materials.
To receive print materials for your school or for information on sponsor and partnership opportunities, please contact Joy Sawatzki at the Wisconsin Technology Council, email@example.com or 608-442-7557.
To view the list of students advancing to Phase 2, click here.