Otto Bremer Entrepreneurship Fund

Otto_Bremer_image_stackedThe Otto Bremer Entrepreneurship Fund is a multi-year initiative to promote entrepreneurship and its opportunities to youth, educating and inspiring young people to embrace entrepreneurial thinking to drive innovation and strengthen our global economy. Guided by our strategic plan, the fund will support relevant programming, focused research, innovative strategies, and partnership development.

With a focus on impacting high schools students in Greater Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin, the fund will accelerate our vision of expanding entrepreneurship education and ensuring students learn global trade, risk-taking, and the role of philanthropy to create long-term sustainable solutions. Interaction between students and adults across the three-state region will build tolerance of different cultures, ideas, perspectives and attitudes experienced in a global economy.

The Otto Bremer Entrepreneurship Fund will support the following JA programs:

    JA Company Program
    JA Titan
    JA Be Entrepreneurial
    JA BizTown

    At the JAUM Company of the Year Competition, held on April 22, 2015, we recognized the second annual Otto Bremer Scholars. Each student from the winning team received a $1,000 post secondary scholarship. Congratulations to the winning company team, Mustang Mail, from Mounds View High School in Arden Hills.

    We also recognized the second annual Otto Bremer Student Entrepreneur of the Year, awarded to an officer of one of the JAUM Company of the Year competing teams. Congratulations to Jonathan Wang, a senior at Mounds View High School, who received a $1,000 post-secondary scholarship.

    Mustang Mail and Jonathan Wang Otto Bremer Scholars and Student Entrepreneur of the Year

    About the Otto Bremer Foundation
    The Otto Bremer Foundation strives to help build healthy, vibrant communities—communities where basic needs are met, mutual regard is prized and opportunities for economic, civic and social participation are within everyone’s reach.

    Created in 1944, the Foundation assists people in achieving full economic, civic and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. This mission is based on the intent of founder, Otto Bremer. His vision and longstanding commitment to communities during and after the Great Depression are carried forward today through our work in the places that are homes and neighbors to Bremer banks.

    The Otto Bremer Foundation owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and receives an equivalent share of the bank profits that are paid out as dividends. This means that a large portion of bank profit is invested back in local communities through grants and program-related investments. In 2011, the Foundation provided approximately $30.5 million in grants and program-related investments. Learn more at