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At-large bids for statewide business model competition available

University students have until March 31 to seek an at-large bid for the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, presented by WiSys.

The event, which will take place April 18 at Jamf’s Eau Claire offices, is the premier statewide entrepreneurship competition for University of Wisconsin System students.

At-large bids are a second chance for teams who show promise but did not win a campus qualifying event or teams who were not able to participate in a qualifier.

The Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament is open to undergraduate and graduate students attending any two- or four-year University of Wisconsin school except UW-Madison.

The competition teaches cutting-edge Lean Startup business development tools, provides business mentorship and allows participants to win seed funding for their business idea.

The first place team will win a $2,500 cash prize and up to $25,000 in seed funding through Ideadvance. Additionally, WiSys will fund the team’s participation at the 2020 Business Model Competition Global at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in May, where the team could win an additional $20,000 prize.

For more about the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament, visit

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.