Do you have an app idea?

Have you ever had an idea for a new mobile app, but it didn't go anywhere because you didn't have the tools and resources to develop it? Try the WiSys APPStart Challenge, which will connect you with the expertise and resources necessary to turn your app idea into a business.

It only takes 250 words or less to submit your idea.

The challenge is open to faculty, staff, students and alumni from WiSys schools: UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout, UW-Superior and UW-Whitewater.

The winner will receive a prize package totaling over $10,000 in cash and services to assist in launching the app as a business. For questions about the contest, please read the FAQ. If you still have questions, please contact Adhira Sunkara.

Important Dates and Deadlines

NOV. 2, 2020
Deadline to submit your app idea to WiSys through the online form.

A panel of experts will review all ideas and select semifinalists based on commercial relevance.

Semifinalists pitch to APPStart partners.

Finalists develop a business plan and work with a development partner to build a prototype app.

Final presentations and awards.

2020-2021 Finalists

The three finalists in the 2020-2021 WiSys APPStart Challenge, a contest that connects great mobile app ideas with the expertise and resources necessary for commercial launch, are:

  • UW-La Crosse Associate Professor Patrick Grabowski.
  • UW-Stout alum Emerson Kovacs.
  • The team of UW-Eau Claire students Sam Fitzhenry, Max Bossert, Logan Ickert and UW-Madison student Nicholas Hersperger.
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2020-2021 Semifinalists

WiSys selected 25 mobile app ideas as semifinalists in the 2020-2021 WiSys APPStart Challenge in December. Seventy-three ideas were submitted to this year's challenge.

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