Big Ideas Challenge 2021—Meet the Mentors and Finalists

April 05, 2021 |

Meet the 2021 Big Idea Challenge Finalists and Mentors

We are excited to introduce you to our Big Ideas Challenge finalists and their mentors. Teams are working hard on their business plans to prepare for the April 13 event. 


Finalist: Abi Saha

Major: Accounting & Business Management 

Product: Smart Kart

Mentor: Chad Wolf, Mass Flow Sourcing

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Finalist: Patti Radford

Major: Applied Leadership

Product: The FoodPack Group

Mentor: Benya Kraus, Lead4America and Tony Friesen, 2 Pins Bakery

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Finalist: Jaden Klingenberg

Major: Psychology

Product: Downed Duck

Mentor: Jay Adams, CrankyApe

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Finalist: Jim Boyd

Major: Engineering 

Product: Tocco VR

Mentor: Mark Bietz, Fun.com and Pam Bishop, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

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Finalist: Sumit Mahajan, Abdelrahman Elkhatib

Major: Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical Engineering 

Product: Smart BeeHive 

Mentor: Jeremy Geske, Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Finalist: Abdelrahman Elkenawy, Kaitlyn Gloege, Alex Shepherd

Major: Electrical Engineering, Management Information Systems, Computer Information Technology

Product: Hearing Glasses

Mentor: Matt Lessard, Small Business Development Center 

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