At a time when more veterans are expressing interest in becoming entrepreneurs, the 16th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2019 competition through 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

Six veterans made it to the finalist rounds of the Governor’s Business Plan Contest in 2017 and 2018. In 2016, a Madison-area startup formed by a U.S. Air Force veteran placed first in the Information Technology category of the statewide contest. Nick Mastronardi, a former Air Force officer, launched POLCO as a civic engagement platform.

The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage of tech-based businesses in Wisconsin. The contest links up-and-coming entrepreneurs with a statewide network of community resources, expert advice and mentoring, management talent and possible sources of capital.

Statewide business plan contest open online to vets, other entrepreneurs through Jan. 31