To enter the contest, you will need to create a YES account. YES user accounts and contest entries are now managed by Reviewr, a trusted 3rd party SaaS provider.
Select the “Register” button on the right side of the screen to get started. Each entry must be submitted in one of four categories – 9th Grade and Under, 10th Grade, 11th Grade and 12th Grade – based on the grade level of the contestant.
At any point during the application process, you can select “Save & Exit” to save your work. You can log back into your account (at www.WisconsinYES.com) and edit your Phase 1 entry up until 5 p.m. April 3. After the deadline, all entries will be considered final and you will receive a confirmation email that your entry has been received.
YES contestants will use the accounts to submit their entries, as well as review judges’ comments and feedback.
For information on the contest timeline, eligibility requirements and ownership/confidentiality, please view the “About the Contest” drop-down menu at the top of the screen.
How to write your Phase 1 idea abstract:
Phase 1 of the competition includes an IDEA ABSTRACT of your plan, business or idea. The entry should be roughly 250 words (or no more than 1,400 characters – including spaces).
Your idea abstract will be broken down into four sections – Product or service description; customer definition; market description, size and sales strategy; and competition. You are required to write something under every section. Please note that each text box has a limit of 500 characters.
Entries are judged by section on a scale from 1-10, with 10 being the highest. The Top 50 idea abstracts will advance to the next phase of the competition.
When developing your submission, please be sure to base the business and technology aspects of your plan in reality. Submissions should demonstrate an effort to research the current market and competition, and should approach your sales strategy using the tools and resources available to you within your current community.
How to write your Phase 2 executive summary:
Contestants advancing to Phase 2 of the competition will be asked to write an EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of their business plan. Once you have logged in, you will be able to enter, view and edit your executive summary.
The entry should be no more than 1,000 words (or no more than 6,200 characters – including spaces). Your executive summary will be broken down into eight sections – Company overview; product or service description; customer definition; market description, size & sales strategy; competition; management team; financials; and capital needs. You are required to write something under every section. Please note that each text box has a limit of 850 characters.
Entries are judged by section on a scale from 1-10, with 10 being the highest. The Top 20 executive summaries will advance to the next phase of the competition.
*Note regarding sample entries
Written and developed exclusively or in collaboration with the Wisconsin Technology Council, the Tech Council Investor Networks and the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, the BPC sample entries contained in this section are meant to demystify the expectations and written processes of the contest and aid you in effectively presenting your idea to the contest’s judges.
We hope that the documents contained in this section are helpful to you as you move through the various phases of the competition. It is important to note that these templates are only samples of what submissions in the various phases of the competition could look like. They are intended for informational purposes only. You may choose to follow them closely or not at all; neither option guarantees your success in the competition.