Twenty-six entries advance to second phase in ‘Wisconsin YES!’ youth biz plan contest

A statewide panel of judges have selected 26 entries to advance to Phase 2 of Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle school and high school.    

Students submitted their science- and tech-based 250-word business summaries through the contest website – www.WisconsinYES.com – in April to compete in Phase 1. Eighty-three entries were received from around the state, representing more than 130 students. Professionals committed to the development of young business leaders in Wisconsin served as judges, scoring the entries and providing constructive feedback to the students.

Entries advancing to the next round, including the school and names of team members, are:

  • Abstract Energy (Delavan-Darien High School): Haley Gilson, Tyler Kasun and Alexis Marcin;
  • Cow Buddies (Longfellow Middle School): Kortney Lorenzen;
  • Crowd-sourced Concept Foods (Wayland Academy): Tianrui Ren;
  • Dance Spectroscopy for Autism (Longfellow Middle School): Angela Glowacki and Kortney Lorenzen;
  • DAP Manufacturing (Longfellow Middle School): Henry W/B;
  • DiabeTECH (Nicolet High School): Rebecca Perl;
  • Eat Out (Brookfield East High School): Colin Gray-Hoehn;
  • Eco-Bandage (James Madison Memorial High School): Renee Kar-Johnson;
  • Equation Solver (Crivitz Middle School): Matt Cherry, Kailee Golla and Leandra Klaver;
  • Fashionista Headband Camera (Cambridge): Emma Hanisko;
  • Find My Bus (Forest Park Middle School): Katie Lehman;
  • Free Online Tutoring (University School of Milwaukee): Anshul and Amogh Bhatnagar;
  • Helping the Blind See (Longfellow Middle School): Jake Gresk;
  • Judges Live (Longfellow Middle School): Jack Stuart;
  • KidZips (Pembine High School): Seth Barribeau;
  • Lego Decal Maker (Longfellow Middle School): Sam Heitz;
  • Ludus Positus (Crivitz Middle School): Nick Lesperance, Mackenzie Versland and Tommy Whalen;
  • SafetyKeyBoard (Longfellow Middle School): Pable Dale;
  • SANZM Furniture (Delavan-Darien Middle School): Zachary Gidcumb, Shelby Gramly, Adrienna Rodriguez, Nick Ward and Melonie Wright;
  • Shirt with Phone Pocket (Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary): Marianna Crossen;
  • SmartMicrowave (Forest Park Middle School): Jacob Selensky;
  • Stuff’n with Noth’n (Aquinas Middle School): Elizabeth Hlavacka;
  • Style (Longfellow Middle School): Sienna Daniels, Margaret Kasdorf, Anna Lowe and Sasha Simons;
  • The Beat Pit (Notre Dame of De Pere Middle School): Theodore Van Straten;
  • The Everlast (Oregon High School): Hayden Storms;
  • ThunderStorm Speakers (Delavan-Darien High School): John Loomer, Chris McKay and Hunter Schwarz.

Phase 2 will require students to develop their business plan in more detail in a 1,000-word executive summary. Place finishers will be announced in early June and will be eligible for cash and prizes. The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to present their winning idea at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison on June 3. For more information on the conference, visit www.witrepsconference.com.

The Wisconsin Technology Council produces the contest, with major support from IBM and WEA Trust. Additional support is provided by the Wisconsin Technical College System. Contest partners include Department of Financial Institutions, Department of Public InstructionMake a Difference Wisconsin, Project Lead the Way WisconsinSTEM Forward, Wisconsin Association of School BoardsWisconsin Society of Science Teachers and Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials

The Tech 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 Innovation Network.

Learn more at www.WisconsinYES.com or contact the Wisconsin Technology Council at 608-442-7557.

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