GSDC Innovation Awards Inspire and Awe

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The recipients of the 2018 GSDC Innovation Awards were recognized at our November 1 meeting of all investors and partners.

A strategic focus of the GSDC is to foster and promote innovative thinking among area businesses and organizations. The GSDC Innovation Awards recognize St. Cloud area for-profit and non-profit organizations employing innovation to solve problems and create opportunities.

 Biodapt, Inc. and Brenny Specialized, Inc. each received an award for a for-profit company. The recipients of the two non-profit awards were Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid/CentraCare and Feeding Area Children Together (FACT).  Each awardee received $1,000.  More info and a link to a video of each are below. 

Biodapt, Inc. was selected for the for-profit emerging company award.  The award recognized the company’s prosthetic products for adaptive sports, including Moto Knee, Versa Foot and Alpine Ski Foot.  The company is located in St. Cloud, Minn.  More information can be found at

 View the Biodapt, Inc. video here: BIODAPT VIDEO

Brenny Specialized, Inc.  received the for-profit established company award for creating their own Young Driver Training/Apprentice program in response to an industry shortage in drivers.   It is a progressive training program that introduces prospective drivers to careers in driving and transportation through hands-on experiences. The company is located in St. Joseph, Minn.  See website at

 View the Brenny Transportation video here: BRENNY TRANSPORTATION VIDEO

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and CentraCare was selected for one of two awards for non-profit organizations.  Through their Medical/Legal Partnership medical care providers and lawyers work together to assure that health care outcomes are not negatively impacted by social problems experienced by patients.  For more information contact Ralonda Mason at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, or Paul Schoenberg at CentraCare,

View the Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid/CentraCare video here: MID-MN LEGAL AID/CENTRACARE VIDEO

Feeding Area Children Together (FACT) received an award for a non-profit organization for its FACT Packs food program, which aims to reduce childhood hunger in central Minnesota with a weekend backpack style food program.  Learn more at  FACT is located in St. Cloud, Minn.

View the FACT video here: FACT VIDEO

Congratulations to all!

Posted on November 12, 2018 .