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From fishing tech to health, Biz Plan Contest finalists capture best of Wisconsin technology

Twenty-five entries representing sectors as broad as recreational fishing to software development and innovations in manufacturing are competing in the finalist round of the ninth annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

The contestants have survived two rounds of judging in the contest organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council, which produces the contest in conjunction with the Wisconsin Innovation Network, the Wisconsin Angel Network and other statewide affiliates. The contest began in late January with 248 entries.

“The business plans in the final round reflect some of Wisconsin's core technology strengths, as well as the fact that entrepreneurs can be found in emerging business sectors as well as familiar industries,” said Mark Bugher, chairman of the Tech Council.

The 25 plans selected for the final round include winners of the UW-Madison Burrill contest, the BizStarts collegiate competition and the Marquette University Kohler competition.

Ideas from this year's crop of finalists include products and ideas for renewable energy, window manufacturing, electric motor innovation, several aspects of health care, flight training simulation, cyber-security, cloud computing, 3D printing and predicting behaviors of shoppers and trade show visitors. Entries were submitted in four categories: Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services, Information Technology and Life Sciences.
Contestants have submitted full business plans for review by a panel of more than 60 judges established by the Tech Council, which is the non-profit and non-partisan science and technology adviser to the governor and the Legislature. Each plan describes the core product or service, defines the customer base, estimates the size of the market, identifies competition, list members of the management team and provides key financial data.

The finalists' executive summaries as well as those filed by semi-finalists are available for inspection by accredited investors through the Wisconsin Angel Network, which has more than 25 member angel networks, private equity funds or corporate strategic partners.

About $200,000 in cash and in-kind prizes have been pledged thus far for the 2012 contest. Prize winners will be announced June 5-6 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference in Milwaukee.

Finalists for 2012 are listed below; one-paragraph descriptions of each plan are available here.

Ankit Agarwal Imbed Biosciences Madison
William Bazeley NexVex Home Services Exchange Whitewater
John Bender Simple Campus Sussex
Rimas Buinevicius RoWheels Madison
Joshua Curry NutriGenix LLC Milwaukee
Ryan Dover LocalGrown Lake Geneva
Bill Finn BoothTag Milwaukee
Mike Goodman Retail Prescription Filling Madison
Brian Jensen Madison
Chris Johnson Pilot Training System Middleton
Christopher Kemp Soil & Sediment Clean-up Milwaukee
Aaron Larner Style Shuffler Madison
Jeff Leismer VibeTech, Inc. Sheboygan
Nick Maris, Tom Shannon Reza-Band UES Assist device Mequon
Aleia McCord Waste 2 Energy Madison
Frederick Montgomery Novel Nitric Oxide Treatment Middleton
Connie Nadler Smart in a Box Madison
Nathan Patterson PolarD - Radiant 3D Printers Madison
Peter Petit V-Glass Vacuum Insulated Glass Pewaukee
Dan Reed Revolutionary Fishing Software Madison
Justin Reed Capacitive Exciter Madison
Joseph Scanlin Scanalytics, Inc. Whitewater
Robert Shimmel NCD Technologies Madison
Woody Wallace Cloud Machine Madison
Dave Westlake Print Command Delafield

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