Well, they did it again! Innovative student projects in Dick Anderson’s Entrepreneurial class were selected as semi-finalists in the MN Cup competition. According to the website, “The Minnesota Cup is an annual competition that seeks to support and accelerate the development of the best breakthrough ideas from across Minnesota. We are looking for the next great entrepreneurial success story in our state.”
With over 1000 entries for all the divisions, it is a great honor to be selected for the final 10 in the Student Division. To have three projects selected from the same class, taught by the same instructor, is a true testament to Dick Anderson’s mentoring skills for entrepreneurship.
Students Laura Bros, Andrea Henderson and Andrea Luer created a “Heart Smart Cart” business, which is a food truck that is targeted for the Twin Cities. Currently Minneapolis and St. Paul street trucks offer an wide variety of menus, but there are very few healthy options for the lunch time crowd. They plan to offer natural, Minnesota grown, healthy food.
Students Leslie Call, Karim Farah, Chad Legow, Ashley Lebens and Joan Rear created “K5 Connect”, a safe, social media website that connects elementary school children to other students, their teachers and their school.
Students Nick Nelson, Ashley Meek, and Josh Ferreira submitted “Titan Renewal”, a landfill reclamation company that extracts renewable items and turns them in to electrical power.
In this class, students are required to start a business, write a business plan and create a competitive product. Says Dick, “This is one class where there is a tremendous amount of work done outside of class. It is not an easy class. Students work incredibly hard.”
Students need to submit their final plan June 19, then the next round of finalists will be picked by the end of June. Winners will receive $10,000 seed money to start their real-world businesses.