17 May Business plan finalists capture technology
Madison, Wis. – Having survived two rounds of judging, 26 entries from 16 communities will compete in the finalist round of the fourth annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.
They are the last companies standing from a pool of nearly 300 entries statewide, and they represent some of the state’s technology strengths, according Mark Bugher, chairman of the Wisconsin Technology Council.
The 26 remaining plans include ideas for products or services in energy generation or conservation, disease management, information technology systems and security, drug research and production, and nanotechnology products.
“Not only was the quantity of entries up this year, but so is the quality,” Bugher said in a release. “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 all corners of the state.”
The 26 finalists are:
AMW NF Nonwovens (nanotech products), Appleton; DLJ Solutions/Benequant (health data), Appleton; Bayland LLC (green building materials), De Pere; LogCentric (data “mining” and analysis), Greenville; Household Energy Use Monitor, Hubertus.
Elimanure (turning manure to energy), Kaukauna; Staff Management Systems (web-based staffing), Madison; Extract Systems/ID Shield (identity theft protection), Madison; Health Innovation Technologies, Inc. (optometry), Madison; JotChat (personal information manager), Madison.
ProSentinel Prostate Cancer Vaccine, Madison; Stemina Biomarker Discovery (drug screening), Madison; WindLift, LLC, (wind energy), Madison; 10H Inc. (microscope sample handling), Marshfield; SiteHound Inspection Software (building inspection), Menomonee Falls.
Promentis Pharmaceuticals (anti-psychotic drugs), Milwaukee; Donate A Card (redeeming unused gift cards), Milwaukee; Fahlgreen Solutions (biometric identification), Montello; Vector Surgical (cancer surgical tools), Oconomowoc; Stealth Therapeutics (cancer surgery access port), Oneida.
NIR Inspection System (pharmaceutical process), Pleasant Prairie; Package Filling System (pharmaceutical process), Pleasant Prairie; Medication Liquefier Manufacturing System, Pleasant Prairie; Muth Global Vision (night driving aid), Sheboygan; JunTech (video surveillance tracking system), Shorewood, Cardiopoietis (heart disease drugs), Wauwatosa.
The contest is organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council, which is producing the contest in conjunction with its membership subsidiary, the Wisconsin Innovation Network, the Wisconsin Angel Network, and other statewide affiliates.
More than $160,000 in cash and in-kind prizes have been pledged for the 2007 contest thus far. First prize in the statewide contest, which will be announced next month at Wisconsin Entrepreneur’s Conference, will be worth at least $50,000 in cash and services. The conference will be held June 12 and 13 at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.
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