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Sharks fawn for Freezer Friend at UMD event

Sharks fawn for Freezer Friend at UMD event

What could one day be a ubiquitous product in freezers across the land got its first vote of confidence on a stage at the University of Minnesota Duluth on Monday.

Nathan Lipinski won the school's second annual Shark Tank Entrepreneurship Competition — and its $1,500 top prize — with his Freezer Friend invention, a simple indicator meant to warn users if a freezer has malfunctioned.

"It's a super-easy, cost-effective solution to a major problem," Lipinski said to the five judges and the few dozen students, faculty and others in the audience.