Wisconsin Technology Council: Tips to win the Governor’s Business Plan contest is topic at Jan. 10 WIN-Milwaukee meeting

Contact: Tom Still or Molly Lahr at 608-442-7557
To learn more online: www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com

MILWAUKEE – The 10th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Contest is now accepting entries online for phase one. Hear from a panel of past contestants and judges about how to navigate and get the most out of the contest at the Thursday, Jan. 10 meeting of the WIN-Milwaukee chapter.

The luncheon will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa. Registration and networking begins at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for students, $25 for WIN members, Governor’s Business Plan Contest participants and Milwaukee County Research Park tenants, $35 for non-members and included with WIN corporate memberships. Register here: www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com.

Panelists will include past contestants and judges. Tom Still of the Tech Council will moderate. The contest is designed to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into business plans, to prepare them to launch a company, to get feedback from mentors and to interact with investors and other professionals. Finalists will share in more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

Since its inception in 2004, more than 2,300 entries have been received and about $1.5 million in cash and services (such as legal, accounting, office space and marketing) have been awarded. Contest categories are Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services, Information Technology and Life Sciences.

The deadline for the 250-word phase one entry is 5 p.m. Jan. 31, 2013 at www.govsbizplancontest.com.

WIN-Milwaukee meetings are held in cooperation with BizStarts Milwaukee (www.bizstartsmilwaukee.com) and sponsored by the UW-Milwaukee and the UWM Research Foundation. WIN is the membership arm of the Tech Council, the independent, non-profit science and technology adviser to the governor and the Legislature. It has chapters in Milwaukee, Madison, Northeast Wisconsin, Central Wisconsin, the Lake Superior region and Western Wisconsin.