Partnership with Junior Achievement yielded mainly female entrepreneurs
Last year, MN Cup and Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, partnered to create a new Youth Division for our annual competition, supporting students 18 years of age and younger. We were thrilled with the first year’s results. With nearly 100 entrepreneurs in the division, 60% of the applications were female-led, the most of any division. We recently caught up with our 2016 Youth Division finalists to ask for an update.
mXers Audio – 2016 MN Cup Finalist:
Since the competition, mXers has been selling on its website and through Amazon, where it was selected as an Amazon Launchpad™ vendor. mXers has also been specializing in wholesale orders, creating custom-branded earbuds. mXers Audio is excited about their continued success.
Da Bomb Bath Fizzers – 2016 MN Cup Division Runner-up:
Da Bomb Bath Fizzers continues to expand at a dizzying rate with its products now available in more than 4,000 stores, including Target. At the end of Q4, the company doubled its July income projections, and is currently making more than 300,000 bath bombs per month. Employing over 100 people in the community, Da Bomb’s team is expanding their team seeking a warehouse operations manager, administrative assistant, bookkeeper and a key accounts coordinator.
ExpressionMed – 2016 MN Cup Division Winner:
Since the MN Cup, ExpressionMed has re-branded, streamlined shipping and fulfillment, built out a larger social media presence, and launched its first line of manufactured products. The feedback from this line exposed an enormous need for continuous glucose monitor tapes that led to a Kickstarter campaign. Founder and CEO Meghan Sharkus (right) became acquainted with diabetes at a young age because both her her babysitter and a classmate had the disease. Over the years, Sharkus came to realize that treating diabetes went beyond insulin therapy, and that understanding led to the development of ExpressionMed.
Melissa Kjolsing is the director of the Minnesota Cup, an annual entrepreneur competition at the University of Minnesota.