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.
NOVEMBER 2020 A panel of experts will review all ideas and select semifinalists based on commercial relevance.
JANUARY 2021 Semifinalists pitch to APPStart partners.
JANUARY - MAY 2021 Finalists develop a business plan and work with a development partner to build a prototype app.
SUMMER 2021 Final presentations and awards.
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.
You've got an app idea. We've got the resources to help you launch it.
The Submission Deadline for this Year's Challenge has Passed.
The next challenge is expected to open in the fall of 2021. In the meantime, if you are interested in advancing an app-based business idea, contact WiSys Manager of Innovative Ventures Adhira Sunkara.
“This entrepreneurial experience was amazing! To be honest I learned more about the construction of a business in six months than three years of theory. This competition made me grow in every aspect of my job as a future CEO of VIGRID. Thank you again WiSys and Noble Applications for the opportunity and the trust toward my work. I am very proud of my journey and will expand this feeling into my company.”
UW-Green Bay Student
Noble Applications is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin and provides software design and development services with a focus on mobile applications and custom software applications. They’re ready to help you start turning your ideas into beautifully designed, flawlessly executed applications today. You know your business, they build your apps.