Firm with tie to Port wins state business contest

A Milwaukee firm that developed a system to prevent untreated sewage being dumped into lakes and rivers and has a tie to Port Washington was named the grand prize winner of the 20th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest last week.

Rapid Radicals Technology also won the contest’s advanced manufacturing category.

William Schanen, a 2016 graduate of Port Washington High School and 2020 graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, is the company’s chief operating officer.

Founded by Paige Peters, who serves as its chief technology officer, Rapid Radicals  invented a system that can quickly treat sewage at the point of spills caused by the confluence of stormwater and wastewater.

“Rapid Radicals was born of a flood in Milwaukee that frustrated homeowners, businesses and city officials alike,” Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, said. “At a time when the resiliency of municipal water systems is vital, our judges saw the value of Rapid Radicals’ ability to dramatically speed up the cleaning of effluent.”

The contest is run by the Technology Council, a nonprofit and nonpartisan science and technology adviser to the governor and Legislature.

From the more than 250 companies that entered the competition, 13 finalists were chosen. Companies competed in four categories and were evaluated by a panel of judges.

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