APPStart Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible to participate in the APPStart Challenge?
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 faculty, staff, students, and alumni can all participate in the APPStart Challenge.

Can I submit more than one idea?
Absolutely! You can submit as many ideas as you would like.

Can I submit an idea as part of a team?
Yes! Individuals can submit an idea as part of a team.

Am I required to know how to develop and code a mobile application?
No, finalists will work with an app development partner to create a prototype mobile application. This support is provided by WiSys.

What if I don’t know the first thing about starting a business?
Not a problem! WiSys has partnered with your home campus and finalists will be provided with support to develop a business plan and get one-on-one support to help you on your path as an entrepreneur.

Is there prize money if I win the APPStart Challenge?
The winning finalist will receive a prize package totaling over $10,000 in cash and services. This includes a $5,000 cash prize to be awarded to the new startup business of the winning finalist.

What additional benefits are there for participating in this challenge?
Your idea will be reviewed by investors and business experts from around the state!

Will those on the review panel be asked to sign a CDA?
Those on the external review panel will not be asked to sign a CDA. The panel will be comprised of professionals who handle confidential and sensitive information daily.

One of the APPStart Finalist’s app is just like the idea I submitted, what gives?
All ideas submitted to the APPStart Challenge will be reviewed by an external panel. The panel will be reviewing your idea based on the description you provide. Giving careful thought to your description could help to elevate your idea over similar submissions.

Will WiSys own any of the business I start?
No, you will own 100% of the business you start

Will WiSys own the idea I submit during the APPStart Challenge?
No, you will own the idea you submit during the APPStart Challenge, but WiSys will own the MVP app developed during the APPStart Challenge and license this to the company you start as described in the APPStart Challenge Official Terms and Conditions and the APPStart Challenge Finalist Agreement.