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Phase 1 Deadline: April 19, 2022, 5 p.m.
Phase 2 Deadline: May 11, 2022, 5 p.m.

Resources for Contestants

WTC was created in 2001 by a bipartisan act of the Wisconsin State Legislature. The Tech Council’s primary functions are to serve as the non-partisan science and technology policy adviser to the Governor and the Legislature; act as a catalyst for tech-based economic development in Wisconsin, and; facilitate inter- and intra-state network development, especially related to the cultivation of a high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurial economy in Wisconsin.

The Tech Council Investor Networks, a program of the Wisconsin Technology Council, was launched in January 2005 to fuel the growth of entrepreneurial, early stage financing throughout Wisconsin by providing services and resources to the early-stage investing and entrepreneurial communities.

The Tech Council Innovation Network is the membership arm of the Wisconsin Technology Council. The Innovation Network holds monthly luncheons that bring together entrepreneurs, business owners and related high- tech professionals in a collaboration rich environment. We have chapters in Western Wisconsin, the Lake Superior Region, Madison, Milwaukee and Northeast and Central Wisconsin. Attendance requires paid registration or annual membership.

The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Toolkit was developed by the Wisconsin Technology Council. The Entrepreneurs’ Toolkit provides business startup information and assistance, networking contacts and technical resources. The information caters to individuals interested in starting any type of business including retail, service or technology companies.

WEDC is Wisconsin’s lead economic development organization. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation division will connect you with Wisconsin’s great network of resources and partners to meet your specific business needs and assist you in making your idea come to life. This is where you can learn more about investor tax credits, loans and grants.

The Center for Technology Commercialization provides entrepreneurs with access to a statewide network of resources and expertise, identifies high-potential entrepreneurs and helps move their businesses forward, facilitates collaboration between entrepreneurs and between organizations that assist entrepreneurs, and helps create and grow minority-owned businesses.

WAICU represents and promotes collaboration among the 20 private colleges and universities of Wisconsin and their more than 55,000 students. Each WAICU institution is a nonprofit, fully accredited, degree-granting institution, but each is unique, with its own mission and culture.

Teachers Try Science is a web site for teachers. The site provides free and engaging lessons, along with teaching strategies and resources, which are designed to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). What’s more, the site features collaboration tools to enable teachers to discuss and share effective instructional practices.

Graduates of Wisconsin technical colleges get the education and training that provides skills to compete in today’s competitive technical job market.

The University of Wisconsin System is composed of 13 four-year campuses, 13 two-year campuses and statewide UW-Extension.

Wisconsin Business World is a program designed to provide students and teachers from across the state with an experience that demonstrates the value of business and economics education.

FIRST Robotics Competition is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be.

Dane County School Consortium is led by the sixteen district superintendents. The goal of the consortium is to improve educational opportunities for the Dane County community. The collaboration of school districts provides opportunities to share resources, build partnerships, and continue to develop and advocate on a countywide view of educational issues.

FIRST Tech Challenge is a mid-level robotics competition for high-school students. The goal of FTC is to reach more young people with a lower-cost, more accessible opportunity to discover the excitement and rewards of science, technology and engineering.

DECA is an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance.

STEM Forward is a leading organization addressing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, outreach and talent development in southeastern Wisconsin.

Project Lead the Way is an engineering-based program that has been successful in scores of Wisconsin schools.

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

A webpage suggested by one of our YES! contestants listing resources all about coding, electronics, & “tinkering”.