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Minnesota State Mankato Students Make Connections at The Entrepreneurial Bridge

Big Ideas Challenge Winners meet with 110 southern Minnesota business leaders


Photos courtesy of Southern Minnesota Initative Foundation

Three Minnesota State Mankato student entrepreneurial teams were selected as top seven finalists for the Southern Minnesota Iniative Foundation (SMIF) Enrepreneurial Bridge. The Entrepreneurial Bridge event is a chance to not only grow and connect existing businesses, but to groom the next generation of business leaders. Therefore, part of the event entails a Student Business Competition.

Two students teams were awarded a $5,000 grant from SMIF. A big congratulations to Minnesota State Mankato nursing graduates Megan Chase, '15, and Katie McDonald, '15, from Mankato Peadiatric Respite (pictured to the right) for being awarded one of the $5,000 grants, along with a team from St. Olaf called Red Food, LLC.

Another congratulations to Christina Tchatchouang from International Recruitment Agency and to Emmanuel Adeyemi and Fuad Gazal from Telitox, Inc., for being recognized as top student business finalists.

All three Minnesota State Mankato teams were part of the College of Business Big Ideas Challenge this past year and were top five finalists. See their bios in The Enrepreneurial Bridge Student Business Competition.

Below article courtesy of Southern Minnesota Initative Foundation

On Tuesday, September 15, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) convened 110 southern Minnesota business leaders at The Entrepreneurial Bridge conference at the Historic Hormel Home in Austin. The goal of this event was to foster conections between high-potential companies. With nearly 70 companies attending what was a full-day of panels, peer networking sessions, and an evening banquet, many new connections were sparked and existing ones deepened.

"Part of our role at SMIF is strengthening the regional economy. The Bridge event is a way of doing that by connecting local talent and building the capacity of existing high-growth companies," said SMIF VP of Economic Development Pam Bishop. "We were very pleased with how engaged all participants were and look forward to more seeds from this event taking root."

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For more information about the College of Business Big Ideas Challenge, contact:
April Femrite
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Graduate Fellow
College of Business, Minnesota State University, Mankato


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