Unleashing Ideas

The G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition is an exciting opportunity for students to develop and present business plans for new and emerging ventures! Students compete for more than $50,000 in cash awards and services.

Gaining entrepreneurial insights! Students are invited to participate in the new WARF Entrepreneurons seminar series featuring national thought leaders and accomplished entrepreneurs that will help them to deepen their knowledge, sharpen their skills, and prepare for the competition!

  • Thinking about entering the contest? Review the eligibility requirements.
  • Want to compete but don't have an idea? Participate in campus events to generate ideas, find teammates and more! Follow us on Facebook to learn more about valuable activities organized by student organizations, Madison-are entrepreneurial groups, and others.
  • Find resources you’ll need to compete more effectively, including handouts, recorded videos, and useful links to for doing market research, patenting, and more.

Competition Results 2014

Congratulations to all of this year's participants! Full competition day program.

Runner's Up ($250 - $500)

  • Sensori Performance measurement and analytics for athletes (Yei Hwan Jung, Peter Oppermann, Greg Roble, Mehdi Shokoueinejad, Shengqi Zhu)
  • Tod’s Cocktail Mix Premium dry cocktail mix that is made of all-natural dehydrated ingredients (Todd Hamilton, Todd Pilcher)
  • WOOF Supplies “Buy one, give one” college supplies social venture (Jackson Angell)
  • Zuntik Advanced online calendaring tool (Andrew McLean, Jacob Schieber)
  • MicroViolet Patch Therapeutic bandage and mobile analytics that improve wound healing (Yei Hwan Jung, Akshay Kumar, Mehdi Shokoueinejad)

WCPES Prize Winner ($3,000)

  • Zuntik Advanced online calendaring tool (Andrew McLean, Jacob Schieber)
AARP Foundation Prize Winner ($5,000)
  • Coride Mobile/web app that connects passengers with drivers for intercity travel (Fei Ma, Chris Peters, Nade Sritanyaratana)

Top Finishers

  • 4th place ($1,000) AppSolute Innovations, Inc. Mobile event coordination app (Brett Asselstine, Travis Batiza, Ryan Clarke, Ryan Riebling, Mikhail Skobov)
  • 3rd Place ($2,000) Coride Mobile/web app that connects passengers with drivers for intercity travel (Fei Ma, Chris Peters, Nade Sritanyaratana)
  • 2nd Place ($7,000) SELA Innovative technologies that align with developing medical techniques to improve patient health (Katherine Baldwin, James Dorrance, Terah Hennick, Alyssa Mitchell)
  • 1st Place + University Research Park Space ($12,000) Spectrom A coloring device for FDM 3D printers
    (Taylor Fahey, Charles Haider, Cedric Kovacs-Johnson)

Ways to Get Involved

  • Judge student entries in the competition.
  • Provide in-kind and financial support for the event and winners.
  • Volunteer as a mentor for student ventures.
  • Students: enter as a competitor or volunteer with the Burrill Competition.

If you are interested in contributing your time or talent to the G. Steven Burrill Business Plan Competition or have other questions about the event, please contact us for more information.

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