Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced the winners of the annual Idea Competition on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at a public reception held at Daktronics. This year marked the eleventh year of the contest, which encourages Brookings area residents and SDSU students to think about starting new businesses or expanding their product lines.

This year’s competition included 43 different business or product ideas. The field was then narrowed to eight finalists who pitched their ideas to a panel of judges. The first-place prize of $1,000 cash was awarded to Eric Bauer and Matt Douglas for “The DRAG-ON”. Second place went to 8th grader Aditya Tummala for “Tampr-X”, who received $650.

Other prize winners included: $450 to Kyle Hansen for “Grain Bin Safety Level System”; $250 to Neil Schlimgen, Wes Vander Pol and Jackson Feiner for “Kin-e-Tech Case”; and $50 each to Maddie Mingo for “Paceracer”, Nolan Peterson for “Trail Specs”, and Dalton Cox, Zach Andrea, Jacob Gubbrud and Heather Ahlgrim for “AIMSS”.

“We are very excited about the potential viability of the ideas submitted this year,” said Jennifer Quail, director of entrepreneur support. “BEDC will be working with the competition winners and several of the other participants as well to help them take that next step in growing their businesses.”

The idea competition is just one of BEDC’s many events and programs designed to promote entrepreneurship at all ages, according to Quail. For more information, visit or contact BEDC at (605) 697-8103.

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