Who Has the Biggest Idea? Contestants Pursue a Share of $19,000 on April 13

Six Finalists See If They Have What It Takes

by GABBIE KEERAN, CSU Public Relations Intern

Six finalists will be competing for $19,000 in total prize money at the annual Big Ideas Challenged hosted Tuesday, April 13, by the College of Business Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Finalists were determined from division entries submitted in January with competition in three areas: Open Division, Agriculture/Food Beverage Division, and High-Tech Division. Divisions are open to current Minnesota State Mankato students and alumni who graduated during the past two years.

A panel of expert judges will select the winners for the $17,000 in prize money. In addition, audience members will vote for People’s Choice. The team with the most votes will get an additional $2,000 People’s Choice award.

The competition April 13, will be livestreamed on YouTube. To access the link, register here. The interactive event will feature Comedian Mark Masters, a nationally-known comedian from Colorado as the emcee. Mark will share posts on the screen during the event.

Audience members can chat during the event, share claps, emojis and words of encouragement. 

To learn more, visit Big Ideas Challenge | Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Sponsors for the event include, Lloyd Companies, All American Foods, Daren & Sarah Cotter, Jones Metal, BankVista and Minnesota Valley Business Magazine. These sponsors provide prize funds and support for the event.

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