Meet the 2022 Big Ideas Challenge Finalists and Mentors

March 24, 2022 |

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 14 event. Thank you to the Small Business Development Center for connecting us to all of our mentors this year. 


Skyler SmithSkyler Smith.jpg

Major: Twin Cities -Integrated Engineering

Product: ELEVATUS

Description: ELEVATUS is a startup manufacturer of height adjustable kitchen island frames. These Frames are modular and support all common appliances, sinks and base cabinets.

Mentor: Paul Vesey


Autumn RitterAutumn Ritter.jpg

Major: Business Management

Product: Dialekt

Description: Dialekt is an app intended to help speech language pathologists identify dialects in their clients, so as not to misdiagnose any children with speech disorders and subsequently place them in special education when they do not need to be there.

Mentor: Matt Lessard


Omar Elkenawy Omar Elkenawy.jpg

Major: Computer Engineering

Product: USIL

Description: USIL is a mobile app that connects with a smart glove for disabled people who are hearing-talking impaired. 

Mentor: Wes Otto


Sharmake Noor Sharmake Noor.jpg

Major: Finance

Product: X-Lease

Description: X-lease is housing platform, where students can rent, sublease and find roommates.  

Mentor: Kevin Sanger


Sumit Mahajan & Company Sumit Mahajan.jpg

Major: Mathematics Grad Student 

Partner: Qamrunnisa Fnu, MBA Grad Student

Product: Dr. Queen Bee LLC

Description: Dr. Queen Bee LLC sells raw honey and herb and spiced honey.

Mentor: Hannah Bretz


 

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