Welcome to the annual Governor’s Business Plan Contest (BPC).  The mission of the BPC is to encourage entrepreneurs in the seed, startup and early growth stages of high-tech businesses in Wisconsin.  The BPC is designed to augment and work in conjunction with other regional and statewide efforts to enhance Wisconsin’s high-tech economy.  By participating in the contest, you can have a direct and positive effect on those efforts.

You can get involved with the BPC by becoming a judge or a mentor.  Follow the links below to learn more about each.

Become a Judge

Judging the competition is a great opportunity to help shape entrepreneurial high-growth companies throughout Wisconsin. BPC judges include investors, academics, experienced entrepreneurs and other professionals interested in the development of high-growth companies that will define Wisconsin’s future.

The BPC is run in three written phases and a final live presentation phase. The first phase is essentially an “elevator pitch” of roughly 250 words, the second phase is a 1,000-word executive summary and the third phase is a 15- to 20-page business plan. The final phase of the contest is an oral presentation by the top three finalists in each category. The four categories are Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services, Information Technology and Life Sciences.

The contest will run through the website – www.govsbizplancontest.com. Scores and feedback for the first three phases are collected online from registered judges. The final presentation phase will be scored live by judges at the 2014 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference on June 3 in Madison.

Please remember that as a BPC judge you need to:

  • Remain impartial and at a discreet distance from the participating teams during the competition. If there are any conflicts of interest, please let me know immediately and I will assign that plan to another judge.
  • Guard the confidentiality of the business plans reviewed during the competition.

If you would like to serve as a judge for the 2014 contest, please email Joy Sawatzki at jsawatzki@wisconsintechnologycouncil.com by Jan. 29, 2014, for instructions on creating an account.


Become a Mentor

Serving as a mentor for the Governor’s Business Plan Contest is a great opportunity to interact with innovative leaders working through the challenging process of building a new business. BPC mentors are innovative business leaders within the state that have volunteered their time and expertise to assist the entrepreneurs participating in the competition. Throughout the contest, contestants will have the opportunity to submit questions – mentors will be able to directly respond to the questions by email.

If you are interested in participating as a mentor this year, please please email Joy Sawatzki at jsawatzki@wisconsintechnologycouncil.com.