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Wisconsin Business World Launches Statewide Student Competitions

MADISON – Wisconsin Business World – a program of the WMC Foundation – launched its spring essay and innovation competitions for students statewide. Wisconsin Business World hosts the contests in partnership with Wisconsin businesses in order to engage students on the topics of business, entrepreneurship and the free market.

The Essay Contest, sponsored by ITU AbsorbTech, is open to students in grades 6-12. Students are challenged to write an essay of no more than 1000 words highlighting why they love living in Wisconsin and to discuss at least one business that shapes their community and that embodies the message that Business is a Force for Good. Three cash prizes of $500 will be awarded to the top three essays.

The Innovation Competition, sponsored by Kwik Trip, invites students to create a new product idea for the Kwik Trip Convenience Stores. Participants can enter individually or as a group of no more than three students for a chance to win one of the three $500 cash prizes.

“We love getting to facilitate these competitions because they are a fantastic way to unite students with the business community and entrepreneurial principles,” said Michelle Grajkowski, Senior Director of Wisconsin Business World. “Wisconsin is home to thousands of businesses – small and large – that greatly impact their communities and our state. By asking students to identify how a specific business shapes their community, we get to draw attention to business being a force for good. We are always impressed with the creativity and excellence of students participating in these contests.”

The submission deadline for both competitions is June 2, at 11:59PM. Essays and innovation projects will be judged by WMC staff. The winners will be announced in summer 2023.

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