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Judges

  • Ian Adams
    Managing Director,  Clean Energy Trust
  • Ben Arcand
    Co-Founder & Principal Engineer, ArteMedics
  • Cathy Connett
    CEO & Managing Partner, Sofia Fund
  • Dominik Elsaesser
    VP of Technology & Innovation, Filtration Solutions, Pentair
  • Rick Huckle
    Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of Board, Riverland Bank
  • Pamela Kellenberger
    Consultant, Kellenberger & Associates
  • Priscilla Koeckeritz
    CEO & Founder, EnergyPrint
  • Dan Lieberman
    President, Lieberman Companies
  • Gregg Mast
    President & CEO, Earthtech Energy, Executive Director, Clean Energy Economy Minnesota
  • Eric Olson
    External Innovation Manager, Cargill
  • Gordon Ommen
    Founder & Principal, Capitaline Advisors
  • Tammie Ptacek
    Attorney & Partner, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • David Quinby
    Attorney & Partner, Stoel Rives
  • Gabi Sabongi
    3M Executive Retiree
  • James Schmidt
    CPA & Partner, Eide Bailly LLP
  • Bill Shadid
    Director, Building Technologies/Materials, Axiom Marketing, President & Founder, Shadid MARKET(ing)TM Consulting, LLC
  • Michael Stutelberg
    AURI
  • Stephen Wolff
    State Program Administrator, Principal, DEED
  • Jennifer Barta
    R&D Director Dairy Foods Product Platforms and Innovation, Land O'Lakes
  • Anna Braun
    Director of Business Development, JT Mega
  • Joel Conner
    Chairman & CEO, Bellisio Foods
  • Brian Erickson
    Marketing Program Manager, MN Dept. Agriculture
  • Barry Gisser
    CFO, Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Mike Kenefick
    Partner, Kenex Holdings
  • Chris Kwiat
    Schwan's
  • Steven London
    CEO, iCrimeFighter, Co-Founder, Six Points Capital
  • Joe Montgomery
    Global Account Director, Star
  • Lolly Occhino
    Scientist of Food and Nutrition, AURI
  • Brad Pederson
    Partner & Business Attorney, Maslon LLP
  • Josh Resnik
    CEO, The Wedge Community Co-op
  • Kathy Roland
    Venture Partner, Oak Investments Partners
  • John Satumba
    Regional R&D Director, Cargill
  • Jim Schmidt
    Partner, Eide Bailly LLP
  • Sam Snyder
    Director of Corporate Development, Grain Millers
  • Marty Solhaug
    President, Sunny Hill Investment Company, Senior Director, Total Rewards, Sleep Number Corporation
  • Cindy Sorenson
    Founder & CEO, The Grocery Group
  • Steve Sorensen
    Sr. Category Manager, Lund Food Holdings Inc.
  • Pete Speranza
    Business Development Principal, 301 Inc.
  • Anne Steinfeldt
    Consultant, Gelati Co.
  • Bruce Tiffany
    Owner & Farmer, Tiffany Family Farms
  • Iris Tzafrir
    Strategy Business Development Manager, Syngenta
  • TJ Varecka
    Director, Kinneberg Management Group
  • Lisa Vongchingtrong
    Trend Manager, Food & Beverage, Target Corporation
  • Alexis Walsko
    Founder & CEO, Lola Red
  • Ken Wilmer
    SVP, Minnesota Bank & Trust
  • Dale Woodbeck
    General Manager,  Lakewinds Food Co-op
  • Pamela York
    Founder & CEO, Atasi Ventures, Partner, Capita3
  • Anne Bergstrom
    Principal Consultant, AB Consulting Company LLC
  • 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
  • Jane Dailey
    Owner, Jane Dailey Consultants
  • John Fritz
    Location President, Choice Bank
  • Brian Gustafson
    Managing Director, Investments, Tonkawa - Carlson Family Office
  • Maia Haag
    Co-Founder & President, ISeeMe
  • Duane Johnson
    Co-Founder, Tuloko
  • Pamela Kellenberger
    Consultant,  Kellenberger & Associates
  • Adrienne Leahey
    Director, Front-End Innovation, LEGO Education, LEGO Group
  • Brad Lehrman
    Attorney & Partner, Soffer Lehrman Law Group PLLC
  • Warren McLean
    President,  Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON)
  • Sarah Miller
    Business & Community Representative, MN DEED
  • Justin Richie
    Director of Data Science, Nerdery
  • Thom Sandberg
    Founder & Partner, The Kenyon Consortium
  • Karen Schaffhausen
    Founder, BusinessIntervals
  • Ed Zabinski
    Owner, Zabinski Consulting
  • Charlene Charles
    Co-Founder, The PartnerWay
  • Derek Chin
    Director of Innovation, Nerdery
  • Jeff Fox
    Director of Group Systems, Securian Financial Group
  • 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
  • Don Krantz
    Vice President - Sonar Localization Systems, Digi Labs
  • Joel Lebewitz
    Partner, Lurie LLP
  • Joy Lindsay
    CEO, President & Co-Founder, StarTec Investments, LLC
  • Scott Litman
    Co-founder, MN Cup and Managing Partner, Equals 3
  • Mark McGuire
    Co-founder and President, Gravy
  • Jeff Nelson
    Manager, DEED
  • Eve Poeshl
    Director of Solutions Architecture, MentorMate
  • Kashif Riaz
    Director of Data Engineering, Securian Financial
  • Sam Richter
    Chief Executive, SBR Worldwide SVP
  • Matt Ronge
    CEO & Co-Founder, Astro HQ
  • Randy Schmidt
    Hardware Development Manager, IBM VLSI Design
  • Matt Schmitt
    Tech Ventures Ops Director, Cargill
  • Carlos Seoane
    CEO, Extempore
  • Jesse Sixkiller
    Attorney, Gray Plant Mooty
  • Bjorn Stansvik
    CEO & Founder, MentorMate
  • Meghan Stiling
    Enterprise Architect, Nerdery
  • Robert Weber
    Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Great North Labs
  • Terri Barrerio
    Volunteer Coordinator, Impact Hub, Owner and Principal, Terri Barrerio Consulting Services
  • Eartha Borer Bell
    Executive Director, Frogtown Farms
  • Brad Brown
    Principal, Socentia
  • Jim Delaney
    Founder & Principal, Engine for Good
  • Duchesne Drew
    Vice President of Community Network, Bush Foundation
  • Irene Fernando
    Hennepin County Commissioner - District 2
  • Reynolds-Anthony Harris
    Managing Director,  Lyceum Partners + design
  • Amanda LaGrange
    CEO, TechDump
  • Matt Lewis
    Director, Greater MSP
  • Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas
    Managing Director, CECP
  • Janet Ogden-Brackett
    Associate Director, Nonprofits Assistance Fund
  • Connie Rutledge
    Managing Director, FINNOVATION Lab, Co-Founder, SlingGrip
  • Max Schwartz
    Attorney, Gray Plant Mooty
  • Margie Siegel
    Director, Center for Nonprofit Management at the University of St. Thomas
  • Kayla Yang-Best
    Founder and Creative Sourcing Lead, Seasoned Specialty Food Market
  • Angel Adams 
    CEO & Founder, Catchwind Innovations
  • Shauro Bagchi
    Partner, Maslon LLP
  • Dr. John Blank
    Chairman of the Board, TreeHouse Health
  • Adam Choe
    Managing Director of Gener8tor Minnesota, Gener8tor
  • Mauris DeSilva
    CEO & Founder. 3D PARS
  • Maura Donovan
    Vice President of Corporate Engagement, Marquette University
  • Juliana Elstad
    President & CEO, Elstad Medical
  • Sean Feeney
    Cloud Engineering Practice Director, Nerdery
  • Xavier Frigola
    Director, Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator / RAEDI
  • Thomas Gunderson
    Retired Medtech Research Analyst, Piper Jaffray
  • Frank Jaskulke
    VP - Intelligence, The Medical Alley Association
  • Ryan Johnson
    Attorney & Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron
  • Kelly Krajnik
    Business and Technology Development Manager, Mayo Clinic 
  • Beth Leonard
    Managing Partner, Lurie LLP
  • Patrick Lyon
    Sr. Director, Strategy & Marketing - Care Management Services, Medtronic
  • Dan Mallin
    Co-founder, MN Cup, Founder, Equals3 and Managing Partner, Magnet 360
  • Cheryl Matter
    Senior Director - Innovation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Frank Mortari
    VP of Corporate Development, Bio-Techne
  • Lars Oddsson
    CTO & Co-Founder, RxFunction Inc. and Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota
  • Kyle Pak
    Chief Product Strategist, Optum
  • David Rosa
    President & CEO, NeuroONE LLC
  • Chris Schad
    Director of Business Development - Discovery Square, Mayo Clinic
  • Dr. Christopher Scorzelli
    Medical Technology/Innovation Consultant, Minnesota Humble
  • Kari Severson Snaza
    SVP, Strategy and Development UHC Global, UnitedHealth Group
  • Martha Sewall
    Executive Advisor & Consultant, transformedtech, Project Advisor, Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium
  • Rick Sitarz
    VP of Commercial Development, Lifecore Biomedical
  • Kathy Tune
    Co-Founder and Managing Director, Fourth Element Capital
  • Tom Vanderheyden
    Retired, Former Executive at BCBS and UHG
  • Ty Anderson
    Managing Principal, Andcor
  • Alyza Bohot
    CEO & Owner, City Girl Coffee 
  • Ben Bowman
    Serial Entrepreneur
  • Lee George
    Executive Director, Career and Internship Services and Director of Corporate Relations, Augsburg College
  • Ryan Gordon
    VP of Business Development and Commercialization, StemoniX
  • Ernest Grumbles
    Founder and Managing Director, Grumbles Law PLLC
  • Franz Hofmeister
    Founder, Brands Across America President/CEO, Quaker Bakery Brands
  • Russell Michaletz
    Experienced accounting professional
  • Aekta Mouli
    Managing Director, Atland Ventures
  • David Ness 
    VP of Innovation R&D, U.S. Bank 
  • Sonia Punwani
    Global Bakery Category Leader, Cargill
  • Ted Robb
    Business Development Manager, Call Strategies
  • Daniel Tenenbaum
    Principal, Gray Plant Mooty
  • Dick Vogen
    Logistics Information Consultant, C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc.
  • Missy Youmans
    Strategic Data Analyst, State Farm, CSO, Yourmark
  • Roberto Zayas
    Associate Director of the HHMI Inclusive Excellence Grant Program, University of St. Thomas
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