Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced the winners of the annual Idea Competition on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at a public reception held at the Research Park at SDSU. This year marked the twelfth year of the contest, which encourages Brookings area residents and SDSU students to think about starting new businesses or expanding product lines for existing businesses.

Winners of the 2019 Idea Competition

This year’s competition included 24 different business or product ideas. The field was then narrowed to nine finalists who pitched their ideas to a panel of judges. Two first-place prizes of $1,000 each were awarded to Reggie Huff, for “PULSE SMART”, and Dylan Dulas, for “Quack n Shack”. Second place went to Doug Metcalf for “Pit Finish Rake”, who received $200.

Other finalists, who each received $50, included: Sonali Pandey and Siddharth Kesharwani for “Be Tea Positive” and “Tea-osK”;  Nikita Medvedev for “Zeropipe”, Emily Malsom for “Growing Connection”; Darcy Green for “’brosia bowl”; and Nicole Kneip for “Student-Saver”.

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

The idea competition is just one of BEDC’s many events and programs that are part of the Brookings Start-up Hub, local organizations supporting ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship in the Brookings region. For more information, visit or contact BEDC at (605) 697-8103.

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