Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, a statewide youth business plan contest modeled
after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, was open for online
entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students through 5 p.m. April 6, 2015.
private and home-schooled students across Wisconsin were eligible to turn their
science- and tech-related ideas into business plans and compete for cash and
prizes. The contest began with a 250-word summary submitted through the
website. Entries that advance to Phase 2 of the competition will expand their
idea into a 1,000-word executive summary. Throughout the process, students get feedback from professionals across Wisconsin
who will serve as judges.
tool for educators, Wisconsin YES! fosters interest in science and tech education,
and encourages students to be independent, creative thinkers capable of problem
technology, thinking creatively and working as a team are all important
characteristics for today’s entrepreneurs,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “Entrepreneurial
skills are vital to the long-term success of Wisconsin’s youth as well as the
state’s innovation economy.”
Wisconsin YES! contest is produced by the Wisconsin Technology
Council. Major sponsorship is provided by IBM and WEA
Trust, with additional support provided by the Wisconsin
Technical College System.
partners thus far include Department
of Financial Institutions, Department
of Public Instruction,
a Difference Wisconsin, Project Lead the Way Wisconsin, STEM Forward, Wisconsin
Association of School Boards, Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers and Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials.
Students created simple accounts at www.WisconsinYES.com. All entries were
submitted through the website. Students use their account to gain access to the
judges’ comments and feedback. Templates and sample entries for both phases are
available on the website, along with other entrepreneurial resources.
Students were able to work in teams or as individuals. Students
or teams may enter multiple ideas.
finishers in each category – 9th grade and under, 10th
grade, 11th grade and 12th grade – are eligible for cash
and prizes. The grand prize winner has the opportunity to present their winning
idea at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison on June 2-3.
Technology Council is the independent, non-profit and non-partisan science and
technology adviser to the Governor and the Legislature. It serves as a catalyst
for tech-based economic development in Wisconsin through programs such as the
Wisconsin Angel Network, the Governor’s Business Plan Contest and the Wisconsin
For more information on sponsorship and partnership
opportunities, visit www.WisconsinYES.com or contact Joy Sawatzki
at the Wisconsin Technology Council, firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-442-7557.