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

A statewide panel of judges have selected 24 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. More than 110 entries were received from around the state.

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 are:

Submission Name School Name
Azo-Heat Whitman Middle School Ronan Piontek
Build-A-Bow Gifford Elementary Alex Hart-Upendo
Cord Clip Neenah High School Jordan Setterstrom
Eco-wipes Whitman Middle School Myles Calhoun
Evacside Whitman Middle School Savannah Williams
Gardening Buddy Longfellow Middle School Arthur Wellenstein
Glo-Cord Whitman Middle School James Branski
Happy Campers Crivitz High School Paige Fuhrmann
Helping Hands Madison East High School Nyagoah Biel
Hydrovitae Longfellow Middle School Greta Krueger
Palette Shoes Neenah High School Esteban Guerra
Probiotic Infant Foods University School of Milwaukee Rahul Mullick
Protein Bean Brookfield Academy Noah Doble
RoboScoop Crivitz High School Zachary Walters
Sozoderm Longfellow Middle School Greta Krueger
Stuf-Cakes Brookfield Academy Nick Boucher
SwiftScore Longfellow Middle School Vivi Andersen
Swiss Kitchen Tool Longfellow Middle School Arthur Wellenstein
Switch It Water Bottle Longfellow Middle School Maeve Kaufman
The Daily Routine Longfellow Middle School Mya Hansen
The Greencube West High School Erik Buinevicius
The Health Band Longfellow Middle School Audrey Hardman
The PockeTop Neenah High School Courtney Corrente
The Vital Monitor Longfellow Middle School Ximena Cavazos

 

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 6 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference at Union South in Madison. For more information on the conference, visit www.witrepsconference.com.

The Wisconsin YES! contest is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council. Major support is provided by WEA Trust, Intrepid Charitable Partners, The Boldt Company, UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations, and the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Contest partners include 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 Tech Council Investor Networks, the Governor’s Business Plan Contest and the Tech Council Innovation Network.

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

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