​Since its inception in 2004, more than 2,600 entries have been received for the Governor’s Business Plan Contest, with winning companies receiving about $1.7 million in cash and services.

A vision for cleaner battery technology for industrial forklifts used in manufacturing plants is the goal of Blue Line Battery, a lithium-ion battery company based in Beloit. Its batteries are now used in 35 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

Blue Line Battery

Fork Farms has created a unique hydroponic growing system called the Flex Farm. This technology allows consumers to grow up to 394 pounds of fresh food a year, indoors and in just nine square feet of space.

​The Qualified New Business Venture (QNBV) Program aims to support startups and help early-stage companies secure new investment and accelerate their potential for growth and job creation in Wisconsin.