Timeline for the 2019 WBIT

Fall 2018

  • Local campus qualifying events, active engagement in lean startup learning, lean startup office hours, idea generation and recruitment of student teams

Dec - Feb 2019

  • Local campus qualifying events, active engagement in lean startup learning, lean startup office hours, campus match applications due (December 17th, 2018)

March 2019

  • Local campus qualifying events, complete lean startup learning for competition, lean startup office hours, team selections due (March 29, 2019)

April 2019

  • At-large winners announced, WBIT pre-event training (mandatory for all competing teams), teams apply for Ideadvance cohort (TBD), WBIT (TBD)

May 2019

  • Selection of Ideadvance funded team, International Business Model Competition (TBD)

June 2019

  • Ideadvance summer cohort

Campus team selection: by March 29, 2019

One team from each UW System regional comprehensive campus will be selected to compete in the WBIT. Campuses will host their own "qualifying" competitions to make these selections. Matching funds will be available to help host these events, and WiSys will serve as a resource in any way it can to help support and co-promote events.

2018-19 Qualifying Events, by campus:

UW-Eau Claire
UW-Green Bay
  • Fall 2018 UW-Green Bay Student Business Idea Contest, October 22nd, 2018
  • Innovation in Aging - Absurd Innovation Challenge, Kick off event, November 5th, 2018 4-5:30p.m.
  • UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus, Business Idea Contest during WI Startup Week (November 5-11th, 2018 - date TBD)
  • For information on the above events, contact Ryan Kauth: [email protected]
UW-La Crosse
  • Pitch Event, March 8th, 2019
  • For information on how to qualify, contact Nicole Green: [email protected]
UW Oshkosh
  • Business Model Workshop, February 20th, 2019, 5-7:30p.m.
  • Business Model Competition, March 13th, 2019, 5-8p.m.
  • For more information, contact Marcia Harr Bailey: [email protected]
UW-River Falls
  • Ideathon, October 18th, 2018, 5-7p.m., Alumni Room, 117 South Hall
  • Innovation Challenge, March 13th, 2019, 5-7p.m., University Center
  • For more information, contact Marina Onken:  [email protected] 
  • Spring Qualifying Competition, March 28th, 5:30 - 7:30p.m.
  • For more information, contact Emily Schoenborn: [email protected]
  • 2018 Warhawk Business Plan Competition, April 3rd, 2019
  • For more information, contact David Gee: [email protected]

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