Finalists

Short Term Child Care

Social Entrepreneurship

Hannah Wunrow - Class of 2020

In speaking with parents in the community, I have noticed a problem that seems to come up from family to family. Winona does not yet have a good program that helps families to find short term childcare. I plan to help find a solution to this problem. Whether it be a date night babysitter or a summertime nanny, I will create a program to help families to find care for their child. What I plan to do is to develop a program that hires care providers with varying schedules. My target is students of the University. I will then match these providers with a family.

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Children of Incarcerated Parents - 2017 Awardee

Social Entrepreneurship

Bethany Bobzin - Class of 2017
Celeste Nitti - Class of 2017

Children of incarcerated parents are five times more likely to commit crimes; 1 in 28 children have an incarcerated parent in the United States. The nonprofit summer program will help support children of incarcerated parents and help reduce incarceration. Schools and law enforcement will work together to find students who would benefit. Students will be assigned a mentor (college social work student) who will check in with them. Time will be spent on curriculum, open discussion, small group discussion, social skill instruction, and transition planning (college, job, military). Children will have a safe place to go with trusted adults.

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Cross-Disciplinary App

Business/Product Venture

Kapil Khanal - Class of 2020

Technically speaking, this is an app that uses Machine learning for Data Visualization. Our model will learn from other similar users that have the same interest and level of understanding of the topic. The model will learn the google searches and learning curves of other users so that we continuously revise the model for effective learning. After this, we will present incredibly interactive data visualization of a route to be taken. It is like developing the personalized flowchart of topics to learn for each user which is the most effective way to learn and do that project.

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Treedome Productions - 2017 Awardee

Business/Product Venture

Nathaniel Nelson - Class of 2017
Ben Strand - Class of 2017
Tyler Steinley - Class of 2018
Michael Pelley - Class of 2017
Ryan Amble - Class of 2019

Treedome Productions is an artist-run organization based in Winona. We aim to empower a diverse community of artists comprised of musicians, writers, photographers, graphic designers, and filmmakers who seek to contribute, as well as enhance, the arts and entertainment scene in the Midwest. We have a proficient and cohesive business team, a studio facility, and a plethora of connections with industry members immersed in the Winona arts and entertainment community. Our goal is to provide a valuable array of products and services that appeal to those interested in the arts community.

Executive Summary (PDF)