Schlick Cycles is proud to have been a finalist in the 2006 Wisconsin Governor’s Buisness Plan Contest. As one of only 27 new Wisconsin businesses selected for the honor, inventor and business owner John Schlick says the process was “a fantastic experience for any entrepreneur.”
Produced by the Wisconsin Technology Council and an impressive list of partners, the 3rd Annual Governor’s Business Plan Contest engaged contestants in a six-month process that included mentoring and comments from judges on selected plans. It also led to valuable exposure for the best business plans submitted by contestants and will spur economic growth for Wisconsin as the plans turn into businesses.
The mission of the annual contest is to encourage entrepreneurs in the creation, start-up, and early-growth stages of high-tech businesses in Wisconsin. Each year, participants have the chance to win seed capital and valuable services that will help them launch their businesses.
The statewide contest is an opportunity to compete for cash and in-kind prizes, but it’s also a chance to get constructive feedback on business plans and to help move it from a virtual business to a reality.
This year’s winners were announced at the Governor’s Banquet during the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference on June 8, 2006 in Milwaukee. MatriLab, a biotech start-up with origins in Madison and strong business and clinical roots in Milwaukee, was the grand prize winner out of the 188 Contest entries.
Contest finalists had the opportunity to present their business concepts to attendees at the Conference. The Schlick Shark created quite a stir as spectators took the prototypes for a spin around the mezzanine of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The reaction from those who had the opportunity to try the Shark was thrilling. Thanks to everyone who helped put the Shark through its paces. We look forward to seeing each of them on our Owners’ Registry in the near future!