American Family Insurance - 2nd place sponsor at $1,500
5 hours of mentorship services to 1st and 2nd place winners
MG & E - 2nd place sponsor at $1,500
Sponsorship to attend the Wisconsin Entrepreneurship Conference
Mae Laatsch - 3rd place sponsor at $1,000
Cleary Building Corp. - 4th place sponsor at $500
Jeff Noble and Jill Huizenga - 5th place sponsors at $250
In Kind Donations:
Prize: Guest Star in "Madison Noteworthy" video web series for grand prize winner. Recipient will be featured as a Noteworthy Honoree in an episode of Madison Noteworthy this spring. This 2-4 minute webisode will highlight their ionnovation while acknowledging their betterment of the community. All production and marketing of this video is included. Value: $1,500
The Source House Printing - free design and printing of 1000 business cards for two finalists
Thank you to the 2014 Judges:
Scott Hoerth - Summit Credit Union
Dawn Mortimer - American Family Insurance
Kyle Nakatsuji - American Family Insurance
Pam Christensen - MG & E
Sean Cleary - Cleary Builders
Inspire individuals to become entrepreneurs
Connect individuals with Madison College alumni, academic experts, and private industry professionals
Help create new ventures, new knowledge and skill sets, new attitudes, and new jobs
Provide a non-traditional source of start-up funding for aspiring entrepreneurs within the Madison College district through a $5000 cash prize micro-investment from the Madison College Foundation
How to Enter the Contest for 2015:
The Madison College Challenge is open to all students who are enrolled in at least one credit or non-credit class during the Spring 2015 semester and who have successfully completed a business planning class.
Phase 1 Feasibility Analysis is due in electronic file format using the Feasibility Analysis guidelines provided on March 30th.
Top Phase 1 Feasibility Analysis submissions are announced on April 6th and invited to prepare complete Business Plans for Phase 2.
Electronically submit Phase 2 Business plans by April 24th. Top submissions proceed to Phase 3 on April 30th.
Present Phase 3 Oral Business Plan in person May 8th. Award ceremony to take place May 8, 2015.