51 firms advance to next round of Business Plan Contest

Fifty-one entries from 19 communities have advanced to the semi-final round of the ninth annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

The contestants were selected from a field of 248 first-round entries by an independent panel of about 60 judges organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council.

The semi-finalists are spread among advanced manufacturing (14), business services (11), information technology (13), and life sciences (13). Also entering were companies in energy, clean tech, software, industrial processes, health diagnostics, drugs, and medical devices.

The 51 entries competing in Phase II of the contest are writing summary business plans of no more than 1,000 words. Phase II plans will be filed online by 5 p.m. March 19; the next judging period will last about two weeks.

About two-dozen plans will move on to Phase 3, in which contestants will write a full business plan.

Prize winners will be announced in June at the annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, to be held at The Pfister Hotel. The top dozen contestants will give live presentations at the conference, with judges scoring those pitches as a part of selecting the winners. Total cash and in-kind prizes in the statewide contest exceed $200,000.

The semi-finalists include:

Ankit Agarwal

Madison

Imbed Biosciences

Sara Amiri

Whitewater

Peer2Connect LLC

William Bazeley

Whitewater

NexVex Home Services Exchange

Joe Beck

Madison

Bacterial Concentrator (USE)

John Bender

Sussex

Simple Campus

Erwin Berthier

Madison

A Painless Cholesterol Test

Joseph Blustein

Madison

Artificial Vision Device – AVD

Boyce Doyle

Greendale

Sensational Exploratorium

Andrew Brown

Madison

HS Stats

Matthew Buerosse

Thiensville

COMFY CRUTCH

Rimas Buinevicius

Madison

RoWheels

Bill Checovich

Madison

IFAST

Brian Curry

Pewaukee

Lumen HC

Joshua Curry

Milwaukee

NutriGenix LLC

Ryan Dover

Lake Geneva

LocalGrown

Paul German

Oconomowoc

Imas Technologies

Mike Goodman

Madison

Retail Prescription Filling

Tim Gorsuch

Mukwonago

The Smart Sight

Roald Gundersen

Stoddard

WholeTreesTM Structures

Shawn Guse

Madison

Apartia Pharmaceuticals

Michael Harper

Milwaukee

ROAM

Brian Jensen

Madison

Fishidy.com

Chris Johnson

Middleton

Pilot Training System

Christopher Kemp

Milwaukee

Soil & Sediment Clean-up

Aaron Larner

Madison

Style Shuffler

Jeff Leismer

Sheboygan

VibeTech, Inc.

Nick Maris

Mequon

Reza-Band UES Assist device

Frederick Montgomery

Middleton

Novel Nitric Oxide Treatment

Connie Nadler

Madison

Smart in a Box

Leena Palav

Sussex

Natural touch bra

Nathan Patterson

Madison

PolarD – Radiant 3D Printers

Bobby Peterson

Madison

My Coverage Plan

Peter Petit

Pewaukee

V-Glass Vacuum Insulated Glass

Scott Pristel

Peshtigo

Self-DJ®

Ronald Raines

Madison

Hyrax Energy

Justin Reed

Madison

Capacitive Exciter

Dan Reed

Madison

Revolutionary Fishing Software

Pradeep Rohatgi

Milwaukee

Lightweight Composite castings

Abdalla Saad

Madison

Anticancer Nanomedicene

Jason Sevener

Shorewood

EnaCloud

Robert Shimmel

Madison

NCD Technologies

Alexander Smith

Beaver Dam

AxMax Tremolo

JT Smith

Madison

The Game Crafter

Jonathan Stojan

Hudson

ThriftyWrench.com

Menachem Tabanpour

Madison

Phophate Upcycling

Constantin Tivis

Dickeyville

Parallel programming software

Wayland Tobey

Sauk City

Cycogs Robotic Wheels

Karisa Trudgeon

Verona

inSIGHT by RedTwine

Woody Wallace

Madison

Cloud Machine

Dave Westlake

Delafield

Print Command

Ching-Hong Yang

Mequon

Pathogenesis inhibitor