Mayo Clinic med student startup, Nanodropper, wins MN Cup top prize

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Elias Baker, left, Allisa Song and Mackenzie Andrews of Nanodropper.

A Rochester company that developed a device that reduces the size of eye droplets by 60% won the grand prize of the Minnesota Cup on Monday night, beating nearly 2,000 other companies that entered what has become the largest statewide competition for startups in Minnesota.

Led by a Mayo Clinic medical student, Nanodropper Inc. won the $50,000 grand prize, in addition to $25,000 for winning its division. Nanodropper won the student division, making it the first entry from that category to win the competition, now in its 17th year.

The MN Cup is a public-private partnership that is run though the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Division winners in nine categories each received $25,000.

Song and her team are past awardees in the Walleye Tank pitch competition, hosted by the Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship. The Office of Entrepreneurship is supported by the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

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