Middleton-based company wins Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest grand prize

SixLine Semiconductor, a Middleton-based company working with conductive materials for wireless devices and computing, is the grand prize winner of the 20th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, according to a recent press release.

SixLine works to enable high-performance electronics based on aligned carbon nanotubes — which are 50,000 times thinner than a human hair — to meet key performance and integration needs in the electronics industry. SixLine was also the winner of the contest’s advanced manufacturing category.

The industry is being reshaped by explosive growth of artificial intelligence, data analytics, and personal electronics, among other factors.

Co-founder and chief executive officer Katy Jinkins presented for SixLine Semiconductor, which was among 13 finalists to present Wednesday to judges and others during the annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference.

SixLine’s technology, developed in concert with UW–Madison, has the potential to address large markets in the electronics industry, including the development of wireless communication, computing, and sensing technologies.

Independent judges recruited by the Tech Council heard pitches from 12 other finalists in four categories: advanced manufacturing, business services, information technology, and life sciences.