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Judges

  • Allison Barman 
    Philanthropy Executive
  • Barbara Butts Williams
    Executive Dean, External Relations and Partnerships, Capella University
  • Brett Carter Sr.
    EVP, Chief Customer and Innovation Officer at Xcel Energy
  • Cathy Connett 
    Experienced Business Professional and Investor
  • Lisa Crump
    Founder, Cairn Ventures
  • Sara Dziuk
    Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest
  • Leslie Frecon
    CEO, LFE Capital
  • Sima Griffith 
    Founder, Aethlon Capital
  • Frank Jaskulke
    VP of intelligence, Medical Alley Association
  • Beth Kieffer Leonard
    Lurie LLP
  • Joel Lebewitz
    Retired, Lurie LLP
  • Brad Lehrman
    Attorney at Law, Soffer Charbonnet Law Group
  • Howard Leonhardt
    Serial Entrepreneur
  • Joy Lindsay
    President and Co-Founder, StarTec Investments, LLC
  • Scott Litman 
    Co-founder, MN Cup and Managing Partner, Equals 3
  • Dan Mallin 
    Co-founder, MN Cup, Founder, Equals3 and Managing Partner, Magnet 360
  • Shawn McIntee
    Partner, Maslon LLP
  • Wendy Nelson
    Vice President, Carlson Family Foundation
  • Jeffrey Robbins
    Partner, Entrepreneurial Services Practice Group, Avisen
  • Bruce Shay
    Securian Financial
  • Pete Speranza
    Business Development Principal, 301 Inc.
  • Lacey Smith
    3M
  • Ian Adams
    Managing Director,  Clean Energy Trust
  • Emily Ahachich
    Xcel Energy 
  • Cathy Connett
    CEO & Managing Partner, Sofia Fund
  • Dominik Elsaesser
    VP of Technology & Innovation, Filtration Solutions, Pentair
  • Meredith Englund
    VP Water Partnerships, Ecolab
  • Pam Kellenberger
    Consultant, Kellenberger & Associates
  • Priscilla Koeckeritz
    Founder, EnergyPrint; Fractional CMO & Consultant
  • Gregg Mast
    President & CEO, Earthtech Energy, Executive Director, Clean Energy Economy Minnesota
  • David Quinby
    Partner, Stoel Rives
  • Gabi Sabongi
    Executive Retiree, 3M
  • James Schmidt
    CPA & Partner, Eide Bailly LLP
  • Bill Shadid
    Director, Building Technologies/Materials, Axiom Marketing, President & Founder, Shadid MARKET(ing)™ Consulting, LLC
  • Michael Stutelberg
    Scientist, AURI
  • Garrick Van Buren
    Digital Strategy & Innovation - Food, Cargill
  • Keith Waxelman
    President, Wax Enterprises
  • Stephen Wolff
    State Program Administrator, Principal, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Anne Bergstrom
    Co-Founder & President, Ampersand Holdings
  • Kevin Besikof
    Partner, Lurie, LLP
  • Pamela Bishop
    VP of Economic Development, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
  • Brett Brohl
    Managing Director - Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator, Techstars
  • Chelsey Buck
    Corporate Attorney, Lathrop GPM
  • Jane Dailey
    Owner, Jane Dailey Consultants
  • John Fritz
    Location President, Choice Bank
  • Brian Gustafson
    Managing Director, Investments, Tonkawa
  • Duane Johnson
    Co-Founder, Tuloko
  • Pamela Kellenberger
    Consultant,  PMKellenberger Consultants
  • Brad Lehrman
    Attorney & Partner, Soffer Lehrman Law Group
  • Warren McLean
    President,  Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON)
  • Sarah Miller
    Business & Community Representative, MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
  • Justin Richie
    Director of Data Science, The Nerdery
  • Thom Sandberg
    Founder & Partner, The Kenyon Consortium
  • Maggie Tatton
    Attorney, Ballard Spahr
  • Ed Zabinski
    Owner, Zabinski Consulting
  • Charlene Charles
    Director of Commercial Operations, Target
  • Derek Chin
    Director of Innovation, Nerdery
  • James Dougherty
    Director, Sales Enablement and CRM, Securian Financial
  • Laurent Frecon
    Vice President, LFE Capital
  • Sima Griffith
    Founder & Managing Principal, Aethlon Capital
  • Tim Huebsch
    Senior Manager - Global Financial Systems and Global Business Solutions, General Mills
  • Joy Lindsay
    CEO, President & Co-Founder, StarTec Investments, LLC
  • Scott Litman
    Co-founder, MN Cup and Managing Partner, Lucy
  • Nathan Miller
    Tech Ventures Associate, Cargill
  • Jeff Nelson
    Manager, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Eve Poeshl
    Director of Solutions Architecture, MentorMate
  • Kashif Riaz
    Director of Data Engineering, Securian Financial
  • Sam Richter
    Chief Executive, SBR Worldwide
  • Jeff Robbins
    Attorney, Avisen Legal
  • Matt Ronge
    CEO & Co-Founder, Astro HQ
  • Max Schwartz
    Lathrop GPM
  • Nathan Shubert
    Partner, Lurie LLP
  • Carlos Seoane
    CEO, Extempore, The Speaking Practice App
  • Meghan Stiling
    Enterprise Architect, Nerdery
  • Robert Weber
    Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Great North Labs

 

 

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