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Business students win showcase People’s Choice Award

A team called “Hot Bike,” comprised of three NDSU College of Business students, won the David Wells People’s Choice Award at the Innovation Challenge Showcase held Feb. 27. The recognition carries a $1,000 prize.

The showcase is the midway point of the NDSU Research and Technology Park’s annual Innovation Challenge competition, and is designed to help students prepare for their semi-final presentations. Attendees of the showcase cast votes for their favorite project among the 22 entrepreneurial ideas on display.

The student members of the winning “Hot Bike” team are:

• Colin Schulte, a senior business administration major from Baldwin, Wisconsin

• Kyland Ziegler, a senior marketing major from Bismarck, North Dakota

• Jordan Thielman, junior business management and global business major from Buffalo, Minnesota

The team’s project helps cyclists travel more comfortably in colder climates by providing a heater, windshield and other amenities.

All three team members are students in the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program Capstone Project course taught by Onnolee Nordstrom, assistant professor of management.

“It is fun to watch projects like ‘Hot Bike’ develop. Innovation Challenge is great for students like Colin, Jordan and Kyland because it gives them an opportunity to test, adapt and grow their ideas in a safe and supportive environment,” Nordstrom said. “Having a forum like Innovation Challenge where students have to actually get out there and do the work, rather than listen to lectures about it, is invaluable for sparking innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset.”

“We are so proud of all the teams that shared their innovations and ideas with the community,” said Emily Schubert, NDSU Research and Technology Park communication and program manager.“The Innovation Challenge, specifically the showcase, is an excellent way for students to get experience thinking on their feet and rising to challenges that community members present when the teams share their ideas.

For more information, contact Schubertat 701-499-3604 or emily@ndsuresearchpark.com.

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