Wisconsin Business Plan Contest returns

Posted on Sep 17, 2018 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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After a four-year hiatus, the Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest is back, giving companies a chance to win more than $7,000 in in-kind services.

Organizers, which include T2 Accelerator, Laurie Crawford Coaching, Winnebago Seed Fund, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and WiSys, expect the dollar amount available in services to increase as sponsorship grows. The contest aims to help new businesses launch and existing ones grow and is open to those in the 18 counties in the New North as well as Forest County.

To enter the contest, companies must first create a StartupCompete.co account before proceeding to Round 1 of registration. Entrants will submit 250 words maximum in each of the following categories: product description; a specific customer definition; market opportunity, size (numbers and dollars) and sales strategy; and competition.

Companies passing the first round will be invited to participate in the second round, in which judges will evaluate entrants’ full business plans. Those progressing to Round 2 must enter their full business plan by Nov. 4. Top entrants from Round 2 will go on to compete in an in-person pitch presentation on Nov. 30.

The contest offers feedback from experts, networking opportunities and the chance to meet investors at the final presentation.

For any questions about the competition or help finding local resources to assist with business planning assistance, contact Ryan Kauth at the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay at [email protected] or 920-465-2004.