On Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, UW-Green Bay’s first Absurd Innovation Challenge kicked off Startup Wisconsin Week in Green Bay and on Thursday, Nov. 8, UW-Green Bay kicked off Startup Wisconsin Week at the Sheboygan Campus. That campus hosted a Business Idea Workshop, the first UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Student Business Idea Contest, and Sheboygan’s first Business Idea Contest for the community.
The winner of $500 and first place in the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Student Business Idea Contest was Dorothy McElroy. Her idea is focused on providing education about death and grieving in different grades in school as different ages of children grieve in different ways. McElroy, a grief support specialist, has been involved with UW-Green Bay’s Camp Lloyd and is a level 2 USA archery instructor. She is also the founder of The Dancing Arrow Club, a grief therapy through archery program. McElroy will be receiving her associates degree from UW-Green Bay with an emphasis on grief therapy for children. McElroy and her son Wyatt recently gave a Tedx Talk (scroll ahead to 2:57:30) and are the founders of World Dragon Shooting Day.
The winner of $100 and first place in the Community Business Idea Contest was Luisa Morales. Morales is a mental health and career counselor at UW-Green Bay|Sheboygan Campus. Her idea is a café that focuses on mental health without that “therapy” feeling. See the attached first picture of Morales (right) and Williamson-Mendez (left).
The Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay and WiSys are sponsors of both events, and UW-Green Bay|Sheboygan Campus is a sponsor of Startup Sheboygan Week. Startup Wisconsin Week events in several communities in Wisconsin ran through Nov. 11 and can be found here.
Photos and text submitted by UW-Green Bay entrepreneurial lecturer, Ryan Kauth.