Minnesota State Mankato’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship to Host Big Ideas Challenge Nov. 16

November 07, 2023 | News Story

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship will host the final round of the Big Ideas Challenge new venture competition during Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 13-19) on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 3:30-5 p.m. on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public, and parking is free in the University’s visitor lot. Register to attend in person or virtually at cob.mnsu.edu. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice award.

The Big Ideas Challenge is a new venture competition started by Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business in 2015 to encourage and celebrate students’ innovative business ideas.

The Big Ideas Challenge gives Minnesota State Mankato students and alumni within two years of graduating the opportunity to compete for $18,000 in prizes to fund their business. The first-place winner automatically qualifies to be a semifinalist at the MN Cup.

To learn more about this year’s finalists and their big ideas, click here. To learn about past winners, click here.

For more information, please contact Ashley Niss by email at Ashley.niss.2@mnsu.edu or by phone at 507-389-1018.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is part of the University’s College of Business, but it serves the entire University as well as alumni and private and public businesses and organizations. The Center’s mission is to facilitate the launch of the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and dynamic organizations through education, research and outreach.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,635 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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