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

 

 

MADISON – A statewide panel of judges have selected 25 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. One hundred and thirty entries were received from around the state, a record number of entries since the inception of the contest. Those entries represented more than 170 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:

  • Clef (Madison Country Day School): Rohan Shah;
  • Crosswalk Wristband (Longfellow Middle School): Azure Getzel;
  • Double D’s Discounts (Crivitz Middle School): Dawson Andrist;
  • EcoSamples (Wauwatosa East High School): Angela Glowacki;
  • E-park (Homestead High School): Julian Camacho;
  • Exercise Entertainment (Whitman Middle School): Grace Dykstra;
  • Fit4Life (Longfellow Middle School): Pablo Dale;
  • Freak Fishing (Longfellow Middle School): George Dizard;
  • Healthy Roots (West Salem High School): Danielle Miller;
  • Humans of Highschool (Craig High School): Madison Abernethy;
  • In our Hands (Oshkosh West High): Abbie Merrill;
  • IOA Ventures (Glacier Creek Middle School): Peter Pao-Huang;
  • Lucky Parker (Longfellow Middle School): Sophia D’Attilio, Meadow Koch and Sylvi Teich;
  • Pass ‘N Play (Crivitz High School): Laken Ducaine and Virginia Popp;
  • Perforkto (Longfellow Middle School): Jack Benzinger and Kyuss Fleury;
  • Remote Onboard Sailing System (Longfellow Middle School): Garret Johnson, Samuel Stolpe and Jackson Terwelp;
  • Remoter Snowblower (Longfellow Middle School): Noah Crawley and Ryan Westphal;
  • SafteyFire (Longfellow Middle School): Pablo Dale and Aidan Tait;
  • Scan-A-Plant (Longfellow Middle School): Addy Korb;
  • Simply From Scratch Mixes (Campbellsport High School): Megan Roehl;
  • Speak-App (Longfellow Middle School): Peter Keepman;
  • The Epi-Bracelet (Longfellow Middle School): Vienne DuChateau;
  • The Floaty Phone (West Salem High School): Aleshia Furlano;
  • The Floreo (Kimberly High School): Daniel Ponto ; and
  • The No-Burn Pan (Whitman Middle School): Rachel Krouse.

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 June 8 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison. For more information on the conference, visit www.witrepsconference.com.

The Wisconsin YES! contest is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council. Major sponsorship is provided by IBMThe Boldt CompanyIntrepid Charitable Partners Inc. and the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Contest partners include Colony Brands, Fiskars, the Department of Financial Institutions, Department of Public Instruction, the Association of Wisconsin School AdministratorsMake 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.

 

Record start to youth business plan contest as April 4 entry deadline approaches

More than 120 business ideas around science and technology have been entered thus far in the 2016 Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science (YES!) business plan contest.

The statewide contest, produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council and modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, is open for online entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students through 5 p.m. April 4, 2016.

Open to public, private and home-schooled students across Wisconsin, the contest begins with a 250-word summary submitted through www.WisconsinYES.com. Entries that advance to Phase 2 of the competition will expand their idea into a 1,000-word executive summary.

As a tool for educators, Wisconsin YES! fosters interest in science and tech education, and encourages students to be independent, creative thinkers capable of problem solving. Throughout the process, students get feedback from professionals across Wisconsin who will serve as judges.

To get started, students create a simple account at www.WisconsinYES.com. All entries are submitted through the website. Templates and sample entries for both phases are available on the website, along with other entrepreneurial resources.

The contest is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council, with major sponsorship provided by IBM and Intrepid Charitable Partners. The Tech Council is a Section 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Your YES! contribution may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.

Supporters of the contest include: Colony Brands, Fiskars, the Department of Financial Institutions, Department of Public Instruction, the Association of Wisconsin School AdministratorsMake 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

Need spring break project? ‘Wisconsin YES!’ business plan contest invites entries through April 4

MADISON – Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, is open for online entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students through 5 p.m. April 4, 2016.

Public, private and home-schooled students across Wisconsin are eligible to turn their science- and tech-related ideas into business plans and compete for cash and prizes. The contest begins with a 250-word summary submitted through www.WisconsinYES.com. Entries that advance to Phase 2 of the competition will expand their idea into a 1,000-word executive summary.

As a tool for educators, Wisconsin YES! fosters interest in science and tech education, and encourages students to be independent, creative thinkers capable of problem solving. Throughout the process, students get feedback from professionals across Wisconsin who will serve as judges.

“Leveraging 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.”

To get started, students create a simple account at www.WisconsinYES.com. All entries are submitted through the website. Templates and sample entries for both phases are available on the website, along with other entrepreneurial resources.

The end of each phase is followed by about one week of judging. At the end of the judging period, all contestants will be able to log into their accounts and view the judges’ comments.

Students are able to work in teams or as individuals and will be judged based upon their grade level, with the oldest team member determining the team category. Students or teams may enter multiple ideas.

Place 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 will present his or her winning idea at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, June 8 in Madison. Past winners have hailed from Weston, Brookfield, New Glarus and La Crosse.

The contest is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council, with major sponsorship provided by IBM and Intrepid Charitable Partners. The Tech Council is a Section 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Your YES! contribution may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.

Supporters of the contest include: Wisconsin Technical College System, Department of Financial Institutions, Department of Public Instruction, the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, Make 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. 

The Wisconsin 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 Innovation Network.

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