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St. Paul entrepreneur Wenceslaus Muenyi has won $200,000 in the Meda Million Dollar Challenge, a competition for minority-owned businesses.
Muenyi manufactures HercLeon brand products, which he says are “self-cleaning” sheets and clothing that resist bacteria.
This year the Minnesota-based Meda competition awarded $1.2 million in prizes to five recipients, out of 200 which applied.
The other winning Minnesota company was Seraph 7 Studios, which creates video games. That company also won $200,000.
Muenyi started his company in 2020, selling products with strands of metals woven into cloth made of bamboo, cotton or recycled plastic.
The Meda competition is sponsored by the Minneapolis-based Metropolitan Economic Development Association. According to its website, Meda sponsors the nation’s largest competition for businesses with owners who are BIPOC – Black, Indigenous, People of Color.
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