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Past Winners

2019

Winners
First Place: Andrew Knoll and Joe Kastner (Knoll Restorations, manufacturer of 3D printed, vintage motorcycle parts) 
Second Place: Katelyn France (SMYLE LLC, manufacturer of individualized QR-coded medical bracelets) 
Third Place: Sam Goetsch and Michael Heile (Mike & Sam Games LLP, makers of giant handcrafted yard games) 
Audience's Choice: Cole DiMeglio (Hot Dish, a food app generates recipes from on-hand ingredients and )

Mentors
Tom Sega (president, Duluth Pack), Rolf Weberg (director, NRRI), Nathan Lipinski (founder, MC-Cubed Think Tank), Monica Radniecki-Hendrickson (owner, Hendrickson and Company, LLC), Tim White (owner and president, Crud Cloth), and Mark Summers (past president, North Shore Federal Credit Union)

Judges
Molly Solberg (president MAS Marketing), Jessica Langer (president, LSBE’s entrepreneurship club and founder, The Furry Dogmother), Alyza Bohbot (owner/CEO, Alakef Coffee Roaster and City Girl Coffee), Manny Rivas (CMO, AimClear), and Susie Gilbertson (recruiter, maurices).

2018

Winners
First Place: Kevin Swanberg (Locaspore, a negative waste urban mushroom farm)
Second Place: Jacob Armstrong (mobile app for roofing contractors to create reports for insurance adjusters)
Third Place: Antonio Davis and Andrew Weisz (Bold and Brash Bandanas, bandanas for cancer patients)
Audience's Choice: Emma Kesler and Peter Schmitz (Rent Report, connects the Duluth renting community)