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Two Marquette-affiliated companies are finalists in the Governor’s Business Plan Competition

Startup Marquette Fast radical technologyfounded by graduate student Paige Peters and Reinventing auctionsco-founded by Paul Jones, Vice President of University Relations and General Counsel, are among 13 finalists in the 19th edition Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Competition. The two companies will present at the 20th Annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Conference on Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 2 at the Italian Community Center (631 E. Chicago St.).

Register to attend on line. Marquette faculty and staff are eligible for the discounted rate for individual members.

“Assembling the Pieces of Step One” is the theme of this year’s conference, where Wisconsin entrepreneurs will showcase their innovations, services and technologies. The conference is one of the Midwest’s premier hands-on events for entrepreneurs of all ages and experience levels. Participants range from entrepreneurs who are still developing their ideas to emerging business leaders who have already attracted angel and/or venture capital funding. These companies cover a wide range of categories, from information technology to clean technologies, from advanced manufacturing to life sciences, and from business services to consulting.

Fifty-five applications from 24 communities advanced after Phase 1 of the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Competition. They represent Wisconsin’s geographic diversity, with 30 people coming from outside the state’s two largest cities. Fourteen of the 55 participants are women and 14 represent people of diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Twenty-six candidates participated in the final round after two rounds of judgment in the context of the competition organized by the Wisconsin Technology Council and its sponsors and volunteers. The 13 finalists selected from this pool will give live presentations at the conference. Category winners and the Grand Prize winner will be announced at the event.

Dr. Kalpa VithalaniExecutive Director of Technology Transfer at the Office of Economic Engagement, will co-chair the conference and moderate a round table about community and academic resources you can tap into to start a business. She is also a judge for the Business Plan Competition.

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