Kate Kuehl Wins Entrepreneurship Student of the Year Award
University of Minnesota student Kate Kuehl has received the Student of the Year award from the Carlson School’s Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. Kuehl was selected for two ambitious projects she has been pursuing.
The first is for her work as the co-founder of Mobineo, a software company that develops surveying equipment to better track land claims in sub-Saharan Africa.
“Over 90% of the land in this region is undocumented,” said Kuehl. “This leads to land grabs and underinvestment by the people who live on the land because they are unsure if the land is stolen.”
She founded the company with Dave Oketch and is joined by a number of fellow University of Minnesota students who have put countless hours into the project—Kevin Thomsen (CS&E alum), Stephen Peterson (CLA), Logan Wendt (CLA), Zack Farrell (CS&E), and Katie Manderfeld (Computer Engineering). This summer, Kuehl will be traveling to Kenya to continue working on Mobineo. She hopes this work will one day help bring land rights to people around the globe who lack the rights to own their home.
Kuehl is also being honored for her work advocating for women and non-binary entrepreneurs in STEM education. She has brought engineering entrepreneurs to the U to speak, hosted workshops with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), MIN-Corp and MnDRIVE, and has worked with the Innovation Coalition to bring more entrepreneurship spaces to East Bank.
Kuehl is currently focusing her research in agricultural technology, specifically in computer vision and robotics. She works in a Biosystems Engineering lab with Pete Marchetto and Ce Yang.