Two groups of South Dakota State University students finished in the top five of the 14th Governor’s Giant Vision entrepreneurial college student business competition.

South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry event Chairman Brad Wheeler, president of Wheeler Manufacturing, announced the top finishers Tuesday.

After a preliminary judging process that reduced the field of applicants to eight qualifying business and 10 qualifying student entries, the competition concluded with online presentations and judging April 20-21. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the event as originally planned and the competition was completed by using online technology that allowed everyone involved to participate remotely.

Finishing second and winning $4,000 were SDSU students Brooklyn VanDerWolde, Sioux Falls;  Craig Jibben, Brookings; and Katelyn Hillson, Austin, Minnesota. Their heir Visual CPR Simulator doubles as a physiological classroom model to demonstrate the heart’s one-way valves and unidirectional blood flow through the heart when the heart is compressed. VanDerWolde, Jibben and Hillson won the Brookings Economic Development Corporation’s 13th annual Idea Competition in February.

In fifth place were Evan Fick, Garretson; Caleb Bray, Farmington, Minnesota; and Anna Fasen, Monticello, Minnesota. Their product, the Talaria Running Form Trainer, is a force-sensitive running shoe insert designed to reduce the incidence of lower-body running injuries by helping runners of all experience levels improve their running form. Fick, Bray and Fasen, who received $1,000, also placed second at December’ss Brookings Student Business Plan Competition.

The Giant Vision Student Competition is sponsored by Gov. Kristi Noem, Citibank N.A. and South Dakota EPSCoR. The Governors Giant Vision Student Competition is open to all students of South Dakota colleges, universities or technical schools. South Dakota high school students may also apply.The Governor’s Giant Vision Business Competition and Governor’s Giant Vision Student Competition were established to help citizens realize that South Dakota is the very best place to start a successful business. The program was designed as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to compete for seed money and a chance to achieve their dream.

COURTESY OF: SDSU Marketing & Communications

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