Local students make big impact in Wisconsin YES! contest

By Anna Lardinois, Startup Storyteller

The future of entrepreneurship is glowing bright in the Milwaukee area.

The Wisconsin YES! semi-finalists have been announced. Dubbed the “Studious Sixteen,” 10 of the semi-finalists hale from the metro-Milwaukee area.

Wisconsin YES! (Youth Entrepreneurs in Science) is a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the Governor’s Business Plan Contest. The mission of the contest is to show young people how science and technology innovations can be developed into solid business plans.

Produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council this contest helps middle- and/or high-school students to better envision careers in science and technology, and especially where those disciplines intersect with the creation and growth of businesses.

The Studious Sixteen

Submission NameNameCommunity/Grade
Ab ´N OliSky Sirinek, Abby SeizerWauwatosa/9th grade and under
AnywhereTourJulius ZakariaOak Creek/11th grade
Becker BedsJason AdixMequon/11th grade
EZ GardenLily WiemerWauwatosa/9th grade and under
Hung DungDerius LucasWauwatosa/9th grade and under
Marsupial UndershortsCecilia Maricle, Wyatt Linder, Teemu Keinanen, Georgia Maricle, Mikko Keinanen, Nevaeh ProdzinskiHolmen/9th grade and under
MetopiaWyatt JohnsonBurnett/12th grade
ReluNicholas HuMequon/11th grade
RipeWyatt EhrhardtVerona/9th grade and under
SchlickDalton Derringer, Sean KruegerCrivitz/9th grade and under
SignfluentEmily ScottWauwatosa/9th grade and under
Step-UpFrankie MaynardBrodhead/10th grade
Teplos Snowboard/SkiWyatt BarkerAppleton/12th grade
TouchDriveEinthiri MudiliFranklin/11th grade
We InvestMax RanftWauwatosa/9th grade and under
Zoom BookIsabel TaorminaWauwatosa/9th grade and under
Wisconsin YES! Studious Sixteen, as reported by the Wisconsin Technology Council

Phase 2 of the contest will require students to develop detailed business plan in a 1,000-word executive summary. Winners will be announced in early June and will be eligible for prizes. The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to present their product at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, June 1-2 in Milwaukee.

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. 

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