VERMILLION, S.D. — High school and college teams earned prizes and honed their entrepreneurial skills at the i2i (Invent-2-Innovate) Business Model Competition at the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business.
The goal of the competition held last weekend was to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to take action on their ideas by conducting mini-experiments to validate their assumptions. Four teams from Vermillion and Yankton high schools and eight teams from USD competed separately.
The high school winners: first, R3D Inc. (Bryce Jensen and Rayden Terca), Yankton; second, Thing-A-Finder (Kaya Lewis, Fatima Alemam and Lilliana Foster), Vermillion; third, TayBro Yoga Mats (Taylor Tarr and Brooklyn Hansen), Vermillion.
Collegiate winners: first, CreateBook.org (Monte Carda); second, Rootein (David Saldana Rico); third, Bookster (Clark Haugen).
Crowd favorite: Cool-O-Wave (Macy Winslow, Victoria Callegari, Kailee Brinkmann and Jane Ni Struckman-Johnson).
The event speaker was Mel Ustad, USD alum and director of commercialization for the state of South Dakota.