Mar 7, 2019

22 of Final 50 Entries Advancing in 2019 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest Located in Madison Region

Fifty entries from 24 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the 16th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, contest producers announced. Of these, 22 are located in the Madison Region.

“To see our Region is home to nearly half of the advancing entries in a state-wide business competition is a tremendous honor and speaks to the industrial diversity of our eight counties,” said MadREP President Paul Jadin.

The contestants were selected from a field of about 200 qualified first-round entries by an independent panel of 95 judges organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council and its programs, the Tech Council Innovation Network and the Tech Council Investor Networks.

The semi-finalists reflect the diversity of Wisconsin’s economy and are spread among four broad categories: advanced manufacturing (15), business services (10), information technology (13) and life sciences (12).

The 50 entries competing in Phase 2 of the contest will write 1,000-word executive summaries. Each summary describes the core product or service, defines the customer base, estimates the size of the market, identifies competition, lists members of the management team and provides key financial data.

Once Phase 2 judging is complete in early April, the 50 entries may be made available for inspection by accredited investors through the Tech Council Investor Networks, which has about two-dozen angel networks, early stage funds or corporate strategic partners. About two-dozen plans will move on to Phase 3, in which contestants will write a full 15- to 20-page business plan.

The top dozen contestants will give live presentations at the annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference on June 4 at Venue 42 in Milwaukee. Category winners, as well as the 2019 Grand Prize Winner, will be announced during the BPC Awards Luncheon on June 5. Here are the 2019 semi-finalists:

TCARE, Inc. | Aline Ahmadi | Madison
4DFlow | Aline Bakhshinejad | Milwaukee
Muuze | Aneysha Bhat | Milwaukee
Herbal Circuit | Travis Blomberg | Shorewood
Cerberus Tactical Robots LLC | Richard Bowman | Racine
Kilter Rewards | Seth Braddock | Madison
Replace-A-Lace LLC | Nancy Brekke-Jones | Rhinelander
Skip and Co. Maritime | Robert Carsey | Fond du Lac
Impact Sports, LLC | Joshua Cleveland | River Falls
Drift & Row | Brenna Davis | Wauwatosa
Fervid Life | Renee DeGrand | Green Bay
UCHardChip, Inc. | Ulysses Dinkins | Madison
SpayVac for Wildlife | Thoms D’Orazio | Fitchburg
Seedlinked | Nicolas Enjalbert | Viroqua
ERbin | Michelle Goetsch | Kronenwetter
Voximetry | Joe Grudzinski | Middleton
Auto-Scope | John Guequierre | Madison
Next Generation Precision Calibrator | George Hartman | Monticello
PoWER | Barbara Hastie | Appleton
SafeLi, LLC | Carol Hirschmugl | Shorewood
Trinity Gunshot Alarm System, LLC | Stacy Jax | Baraboo
Energy Tech Innovations, LLC | Bryan Johnson | Milwaukee
DarkAero, Inc | River Karl | Monona
Udhavi | Akshay Kumar | Madison
Vivid Microscopy LLC | Jayson Kurfis | Hartland
AGent+ Cleaners & Protectants | Jeffrey Lord | New Berlin
Advanced Ionics | Chad Mason | Milwaukee
ReNeuroGen LLC | Stephen Naylor | Elm Grove
Papriik | Andrew Ortman | Madison
CityFixr, LLC | JJ Pagac | Madison
Universal Real Time Power Conversion LLC | Debiprasad Panda | New Berlin
RecruitChute, Inc. | Chris Roche | Whitewater
Medical Tubing Organizer (MTO) | Lindsey Roddy | Wauwatosa
clearTREND Research | Mark Scheffler | Appleton
Simply Solutions 2 | Mark Schweiger | Janesville
Blue Mangoes | Joshua Shefner | Milwaukee
Silicon Nanomembranes | Jacob Sina | Platteville
four1four | Jeffrey Spenner | Hubertus
The Virtual Foundry | Tricia Suess | Stoughton
Blexx Technology | Erin Tenderholt | Madison
PumpFive Fuel Delivery Service | Talethea Thompson | Milwaukee
Vytl Technologies | Jesse Towle | Weston
Estrigenix Therapeutics, Inc. | Callie Troutfetter | Milwaukee
All Brick Medical | Joseph Ulbrich | Madison
Hempire Farm | Luke VandenLangenberg | Madison
ezLien | Bryan Williams | Beloit
Park Smarter | Jan Wodnicki | Madison
ZERO BARRIER | Evan Wolfenden | Madison
GrowthChart Records Inc. | Patricia Wooldridge | Madison
OncoGone, Inc. | Xiaoban Xin | Rockville, Md./UW-Madison