2015 ImpactNext winners announced


April 27, 2015

On April 21, the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship hosted its third annual ImpactNext Business Model Competition and welcomed more than 25 start-ups from Marquette, Milwaukee and beyond. This year’s competition saw students, alumni and community members from all over Wisconsin compete for a $10,000 grand prize award, in addition to four $1,000 category awards.

Winning ideas included an adventure sport-specific lifejacket, a socially conscious dog toy company, wearable technology for rehabbing athletes and an online platform for colleges to recruit military personnel. Each ImpactNext start-up was required to present at a poster session where real-time judging narrowed the field down to five finalists who then presented on-stage in a “Shark Tank”-style format.

The winners are:

ImpactNext continues the mission of the entrepreneurial spirit that began in 2001 with the Marquette University’s Business Plan Competition, which has fostered hundreds of business plans, and many entrants have gone on to start successful enterprises. In 2013, the competition was updated to focus on the development and validation of the business model canvas which is now considered to be the fundamental building blocks of venture creation.

Renamed the ImpactNext Business Model Competition, the end result is a competition that focuses on the development of business models and – more specifically – the customer discovery and validation of those models.

For more information about ImpactNext contact Megan Carver, associate director of the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, at