UW Alums ‘Lock Up’ Best in Category for 2020 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest

Last Lock, a company run by CEO and Founder Jack Ryan (Engineering ’18) and Director of Product Johnnie Wagman (MBA/WAVE ’20, Engineering ’17) placed top in the Business Services Category of the 2020 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Last Lock is a self-powering smart lock cylinder that is easily installed into any door’s existing hardware, transforming a mechanical entry system into a smart lock.

The Wisconsin Technology Council produces the event and recruited independent judges to evaluate the finalists in each of four categories: Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services, Information Technology and Life Sciences. Plumb Pharmaceuticals, a Madison-based drug delivery technology for extended-release medications used in the treatment of opioid addiction, took home the grand prize in the 17th annual contest. Over 300 startups applied for the 2020 competition which is made up of four phases: abstract, executive summary, business plan, and video pitch. The top three businesses in each category made up the “Diligent Dozen” and recorded seven-minute pitches available on the Business Plan Contest’s website.

Read the full article for an interview with Johnnie about her experience working with Last Lock during her final semester in the Operations and Technology Management MBA program.

Read the full article at: https://bus.wisc.edu/centers/weinert/blog/2020/06/16/uw-alums-%E2%80%98lock-up-best-in-category-for-2020-wisconsin-governors-business-plan-contest