IDEA is a competition that turns great ideas into great businesses. Through an annual process, IDEA provides training, business coaching, and capital for northwest Minnesota entrepreneurs who want to turn an idea into a fast-growth business.

Michelle Landsverk was project coordinator for IDEA from 2008-2016. She played a significant role in the design of the IDEA Competition and helped the program evolve into a sustainable regional collaboration.

The video embedded in this page highlights the competition’s 2016 finalists. For more information about the competition, visit the IDEA Competition website.

Contact Landsverk and Associates, Inc., Michelle Landsverk consultant

Your steady leadership, strong facilitation skills and knowledge of the region have really helped these projects (IDEA Competition and IMPACT 20/20) to get a strong foothold in the region. You have brought so much more than we hired you for. Your ability to organize and shepherd the diverse partners and parties in these projects has been appreciated.

Nancy Vyskocil President, Northwest Minnesota Foundation March 18, 2017

Contact Landsverk and Associates, Inc., Michelle Landsverk consultant

Michelle Landsverk is an expert at facilitating complex organizational partnerships and business networks. Her communication skills are second to none. She is intimately familiar with the entire region and enjoys the respect of all who know her. She is a real asset to northwest Minnesota.

Marty Sieve Former Vice President, Northwest Minnesota Foundation March 18, 2017

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