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"The entire Idea Challenge process was a rewarding and worthwhile experience, which helped me gain access to design services, marketing advice, and manufacturing and packaging connections while also exposing me to numerous business outreach opportunities that have accelerated my company’s development."

-- Tracy Lundburg, Sconnie Foods, LLC (Eau Claire)

How it works

  1. Tell us about your idea by submitting and application - Deadline for applications is October 1st (any applications sent in after October 1st will be eligible for the next year's prizes) 
  2. First awards announced in November: up to 5 ideas will win cash & up to 3 ideas will win $1,000 to put towards business services 
  3. Idea presentations in November: the top 5 ideas have the opportunity to pitch to business professionals and investors to gain support and complete for the grand prize!
  4. Grand Prize Winner announced in December: 1 Grand prize winner will receive up to $5,000 of reimbursable business expenses

Apply Today!

Each idea submitted is evaluated by business professionals and receives free guidance. Up to five finalists are eligible for up to a $5,000 grand prize!
Click below to fill out your application, or download & fill out an application 

Submit your application today!


Idea Challenge Helped These Entrepreneurs find Success!

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Aunt K's Natural Powders

100% All-Natural, FDA approved remedies for babies and athletes. 

Chippewa Valley Tours

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Earthbound Environmental

Dynamic and innovative organics recycling services to support the waste management needs of our community and environment.

Northern Star Fire

Northern Star utilizes micro technology to allow firefighter to quickly re-orientate themselves in low or no visibility environments.