Waseca New Business Challenge: A Winner is Chosen

Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce
Ann Fitch, Executive Director
Lead For Minnesota & Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurial Start-Up Competition: A Winner is Chosen
Waseca, Minnesota – Saturday November 6th, 2021 – Lead For Minnesota and Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce launched an entrepreneurial start-up competition in May, designed to spur more economic growth in Waseca. The Waseca New Business Challenge included a 10-week training program, facilitated by the Small Business Development Center-hosted at Minnesota State University Mankato, and it ended with the pitch competition on Saturday November 6th held at the Waseca Art Center. Six business plans were presented by individuals or teams to a panel of seven judges of varying professional experiences. After each six-minute pitch was given, a nine-minute Q&A followed. The judges deliberated for an hour after all the pitches were completed.

Jonathan Berg won the competition with his business plan for Good Game Gaming Center (GGGC). His prize package is worth over $30,000 and excepts to be open in Waseca by March 31st of 2022. Jon will receive up to $20,000 from the Waseca Economic Development Authority to be used for equipment for GGGC, Waseca Area Foundation gave $5,000 for lease payments, Mediacom Business sponsored $1,500 in internet services, both KOWZ Radio and Waseca County News are giving $1,500 in advertising, along with many other businesses that are going to help GGGC along the way.

Good Game Gaming Center, will be a place where people can gather socially and play PC or Console games with their friends. Think arcade, but with gaming computers. Just like an arcade, gamers can earn prizes playing your favorite PC or Console games. Gamers of all experience levels can participate in VR, tournaments, gamer training, camps, parties, and so much more! Game More, Game Better at Good Game Gaming Center.
As a community we look forward to supporting and encouraging the other five entrepreneurs in their journey to make their business plans come to fruition. Waseca is an ecosystem where small businesses can thrive.
Program Sponsors: Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce, Lead for Minnesota, Waseca EDA, Waseca Area Foundation, Mediacom Business, KOWZ Radio, Waseca County News, Small Business Development Center at Minnesota State University Mankato, Patton Hoversten & Berg, First National Bank Waseca, Riverland Community College, Clifton Larson Allen, Suburban Furniture, Matthew R Petsinger Agency-American Family Insurance, Connors Plumbing & Heating, iWealth, Half Pint Brewery, The Bar on Main, Waseca Art Center, and Pantheon Computers.