Founders Day 2023

Founders Day to Highlight Experiential Courses & Startups on May 8

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Founders Day 2024 will return to Walter Library on Wednesday May 8 at 4:30 - 6:30 PM.

Founders Day 2023 welcomed 250+ guests to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship across the University of Minnesota.  In addition to recognizing the student, teacher and alumni Entrepreneurs of the Year, the 12th annual event was highlighted by the second year of the MVP Challenge - a semester long program that supported 25 teams with workshops, mentoring and grants to develop initial prototypes for customer discovery.  Seventy student and faculty participants across 25 teams represented 13 unique colleges, department and research labs.  

Congratulations to the 2023 MVP Challenge winners:
   Crowd Favorite: Telo
   Best Overall: Octo
   Best Undergraduate: Aspiration Containment System for Large Ovarian Cyst Removal

Thank you to our platinum sponsor Proto Labs for their incredible support for the student teams in the development of their prototypes.

"It was helpful working with the people at Proto Labs to learn how we could make our design more efficient"

MVP Student Interviews
Proto Labs