‘Diligent Dozen’ advance to second phase in Youth Biz Plan Contest

Contact: Tom Still or Julie Johnson at 608-442-7557

Or visit: wisconsinyes.com

MADISON, Wis. – A statewide panel of judges have selected 12 entries to advance to Phase 2 of Wisconsin YES!, a youth business plan contest for students in middle school and high school.    

Students from across the state submitted their science- and tech-based 250-word business summaries through the contest website – WisconsinYES.com – in April to compete in Phase 1.

Past winners have hailed from Minocqua, Weston, New Glarus, Brookfield, Oshkosh, Racine and La Crosse.

Professionals committed to the development of young business leaders in Wisconsin served as judges, scoring the entries and providing constructive feedback to the students. Entries advancing to the next round, including the school, are:

Submission NameNameCommunity/grade
All-Weather Glowing Fish BaitPranil PandaNew Berlin/ 9th
Eeze Int’lBrooke MarlattCrivitz/ 11th
FilmerJadin BaillieSuamico/ 12th
Food BookLyvia CainePound/ 12th
Golf Mat GripsWade GonzalezMenomonee Falls/ middle school
Incubator Project – Spool SimplyKaden BassettoNeenah/ 11th
Making Telehealth Accessible to SeniorsMona KhoslaBrookfield/ 10th
MexiEatsLezly VejarGreen Bay/ 12th
NovaGo Footwear: Green Fitness TrackingPriyanka LuceyMadison/ 9th
Ott Fishing HooksJared OttFond du Lac/ 12th
Stick-ItKate RichlenCrivitz/ 11th
TeleSaviorsHarshman SihraBrookfield/ 11th

Phase 2 will require students to develop their business plan in more detail in a 1,000-word executive summary. Place finishers will be announced in early June and will be eligible for prizes. A video presentation by the grand prize winner will be shown during Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, which will be held virtually June 3. For more information on the conference, visit witrepsconference.com.

The Wisconsin YES! contest is produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council. Major support is provided by WEA Trust, and the UW-Madison Office of Business Engagement.  

Contest partners have included the Department of Financial InstitutionsDepartment of Public Instruction, the Association of Wisconsin School AdministratorsMake a Difference Wisconsin, Project Lead the Way WisconsinSTEM Forward, Wisconsin Association of School BoardsWisconsin Society of Science Teachers and Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials

The Tech Council is the independent, non-profit and non-partisan science and technology adviser to the Governor and the Legislature. It serves as a catalyst for tech-based economic development in Wisconsin through programs such as the Tech Council Investor Networks, the Governor’s Business Plan Contest and the Tech Council Innovation Network. 

Learn more at WisconsinYES.com or contact the Wisconsin Technology Council at 608-442-7557.


Julie Johnson

Operations Director

Wisconsin Technology Council

455 Science Drive, Suite 240

Madison, WI 53711

Office: 608-442-7557 x 1

Cell: 608-206-3906