From Big Ideas to Dreams Come True

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by BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant

The Big Ideas Challenge, a competition between Minnesota State Mankato student entrepreneurs, will have its next winner announced April 15 in Ostrander Auditorium.

Seven different teams or individuals have successfully had their ideas and products moved through two rounds of judging. Five of the teams are in the “Main Category,” where any type of idea or venture is accepted. The other two finalists are apart of the “Ag/Food/Beverage,” which are ideas or ventures aimed at agriculture, food and beverage.

According the Big Ideas Challenge’s official website, the final round teams will present seven-minute pitches to an audience and panel of judges. Each presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of Q&A from the judges. The winner of each category will be announced following the presentation of each ideas and will receive $15,000 to help fund business development.

The Finalists

Main Category

  • Maggie Knier, 2True Headbands
  • Ben Lundquist, Enduramark
  • Alpha, CalcX
  • AJ Rana, Hopynn
  • Katie Torgeson, Wryng


  • Hannah Perez and Caelin Laakkonen, Ba\ance
  • David Bassey, Ceed Energy

More information about each finalist and their ideas can be found on the Big Ideas Challenge Facebook event page. Additional information about the Big Ideas Challenge can be found on its official website.

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