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In celebration of those entrepreneurial leaders that are so
crucial to the development of Wisconsin’s economy, the
Wisconsin Technology Council/Wisconsin Innovation Network
will honor such leaders through the first annual Seize-the-Day
Award, given to a Wisconsin person or team who has grown
their business by rapidly seizing opportunities and marshaling
forces in the midst of market challenges, uncertainty and risk.
The Seize-the-Day Award is not given for technical innovation
but for innovative leadership – the ability to take hold of
business opportunities and transform them into successes.
Candidates for the award will have demonstrated:
* Vision: Recognizing opportunities where others do not.
* Courage: Vigorous, dedicated pursuit of opportunities in
the face of risk and skepticism.
* Adaptability: Rapid and repeated reinvention in response
to changing markets.
* Persistence: Maintaining optimism and effort in the wake
* Resourcefulness: Overcoming obstacles and finding ways to
The Award will be presented at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs
Conference, June 1st/2nd, 2004. The recipient of the Award
will be asked to present a short tutorial for aspiring
entrepreneurs. The tutorial will be published in the
Entrepreneurs Conference Handbook and archived on the
The recipient of the award will be selected from the nominees
by a WTC/WIN appointed panel. Nominations may be submitted
to Telaric Ideas, the conference coordinators of the Award, via
the Internet at: http://telaricideas.com/win. The deadline for
nominations is April 30.
About the award:
Recognizing the important role the arts play in nurturing a
vibrant entrepreneurial culture, each year’s award will be a
unique art piece, commissioned and sponsored by United States
Patent Services (USPS), a Wisconsin firm specializing in the
recognition of innovation . This year’s award is a creation of
Midwest trained artist Ted Gall. Sculpting in steel and cast
bronze, Gall creates some of the most compelling figurative
works found in public and private collections today.