Congratulations to SixLine Semiconductors for winning the grand prize and the Advanced Manufacturing category at the 2023 Governor’s Business Plan Contest! Thirteen teams — the Diligent (Baker’s) Dozen, representing innovative products and services in diverse sectors — competed in the final pitch round at the 20th annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Conference on June 1.
Along with the grand prize winner, many runners-up were familiar to our team. Businesses that have worked with the Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC), Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, Food Finance Institute or a combination:
Advanced Manufacturing Winner: SixLine Semiconductor of Middleton, commercializing breakthroughs in carbon nanotube processing to unlock the next generation of high-performance, cost-effective semiconductor devices
Second place: Flux XII of Madison, developing a safe, sustainable and affordable flow battery chemistry to keep your renewable energy running
Third place: Energy Tech Innovations of Milwaukee, developing a low-cost, water-based gas treatment method that will convert biogas into renewable natural gas
Information Technology second place: Graceful Management Systems of Madison, serving the construction industry with an intelligent cloud-based (SaaS) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system specifically designed for the industry
Third place: Empower2Retain of Eau Claire, intentionally developing a workforce pipeline through relationship building
Life Sciences second place: Chocolate Rescue for Dogs Co. of Germantown, who also won the Bight New Idea Award, is creating the first and only at-home remedy for chocolate indigestion in dogs
Third place: Gud Medical of Winneconne, striving to be a leader in precisely delivering medicine and intravenous fluids
Congrats to all of the entrepreneurs pursuing this opportunity and chasing their dreams!