2017 Finalists (H5)


Lauren Kramer, Katie Lloyd, Anthony Rathammer, Caleb Johnson and Ryan Hoehn

Where are they now? The Hub was built and opened by Dain Fisher in April, 2018 next to the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship based on the work done by this student team.  Based on the team’s recommendations, it was opened as a Food Truck court and park.


Messy Dog:

Alex Oldenburg

Where are they now? Messy Dog is an operating dog training and grooming business one block from the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.


Primate Longboards:

Jackson Jones

Winner of Best Plan and People’s Choice by Primate Longboards

Where are they now? Primate Longboards was sold and Jackson continues to create with wood. His current business, Fingrprint, produces custom signs and other commercial products.  Wooden Spoon, a Mankato bakery, and UNRL, a clothing company founded by a Minnesota State University Mankato student, are both clients.



Shahari Chowdhury and Connor Martin

Where are they now? Webytor provides website services to businesses in Mankato, MN and Bangladesh.  The Hub food truck park and Mogwai Collaborative use their services.  They are housed in the Hubbard Office Building.


ProtoTec Solutions:

John Ruprecht

Where are they now? Prototech rebranded as Cubic 3D in 2018. They sell 3d printer filament, lease and service 3d printers to local companies and also do production and prototyping 3d printing.  They are housed in the Mogwai Collaborative within the Hubbard Office Building.