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The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Announces the 2017 Eureka! Innovation Winners

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MINNEAPOLIS, MINN—May 8, 2017—Honorees of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s fourth annual Eureka! Innovation awards represent a wide variety of industries and innovations. From food to retail, from advertising to architecture, from education to health care and more, Minnesota industry has no shortage of risk-takers launching new products and services that ultimately influence how people do business. These awards recognize some of these game-changing companies and individuals.


The Business Journal hopes these stories, and others in their 2017 Eureka! Innovation publication, will inspire innovators to chase their dreams and reshape how others do business. Thanks to all the judges and honorees for their hard work and sharing their exciting ideas!


AllOver Media 
Edco Products Inc. 
Entropy Solutions 
Gadiid Inc. 
HealthPartners/Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center 
ID Insight Inc. 
Limb Lab 
Midwest Special Services Inc. 
Miller Milling 
Navy Island Inc. 
NxThera Inc. 
Pursuit Vascular Inc. 
Renewal by Andersen 
Software for Good 
The Herbivorous Butcher 
The Mars Generation 
WEX Health


Also, new this year, the Business Journal is recognizing an Innovator of the Year. The inaugural honoree for this award is Steven Schussler, CEO of Schussler Creative Inc. Schussler has created lavish restaurant concepts from his Golden Valley warehouse since the 1990s. His Rainforest Cafe chain includes a location in Bloomington's Mall of America, while Disney World is the site for multiple Schussler creations, such as The Boathouse and Yak & Yeti.


A call for the Business Journal’s 2017 Eureka! Innovation awards nominations went out early this year, and the competition was tough.


The judges were: 

  • Rick Brimacomb, managing partner of Brimacomb and Associates
  • Ernest Grumbles, IP and business attorney at Adams Grumbles and co-founder of Mojo Minnesota
  • Melissa Kjolsing Lynch, director of MN Cup at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management
  • Jeremy Lenz, founder of Lenz Consulting
  • Joy Lindsay, president of StarTec Investments
  • Chris Scorzelli, medical technology and innovation consultant
  • AnnMarie Thomas, associate professor at the University of St. Thomas


The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal delivers breaking business news and useful information to a total audience of more than 370,000 people and provides the most comprehensive news, rankings and information about Twin Cities businesses.


For more information, contact:

Kim Johnson, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal



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