Matthew Paulson Awarded 2017 Spirit of Enterprise Award at Innovation Expo

Sioux Falls, S.D., November 14, 2017 – The Enterprise Institute awarded the 2017 Spirit of Enterprise Award to Matthew Paulson, founder of MarketBeat and chairman of the Falls Angel Fund, LLC, at the annual Innovation Expo in Sioux Falls on Thursday, October 12.

The Spirit of Enterprise is an award given annually by the Enterprise Institute to an individual in recognition of personal commitment, dedication and achievement in entrepreneurship.  These individuals are directly responsible for helping shape the entrepreneurial culture of our state.  The award is sponsored and presented by the McGowan Capital Group.

Paulson is the founder of MarketBeat – a digital publishing company that makes real-time financial information accessible to investors at all levels.  Paulson is also the chairman and investor in the Falls Angel Fund, LLC – a regional angel investment fund that raised $1.35 million to invest in early-stage, high-growth companies in South Dakota.

Paulson is also heavily involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Sioux Falls: an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship; an organizer of 1 Million Cups in Sioux Falls; a host of regular startup events at Zeal; and has launched an online community for local entrepreneurs on Facebook.

Enterprise Institute Executive Director Tim Weelborg said “Matt is extremely active in the entrepreneurial community in Sioux Falls and beyond.  His efforts have made and continue to make a tremendous impact to entrepreneurs and startup companies in the region. “

The Spirit of Enterprise began in 2004 and is sponsored by the McGowan Capital Group. Previous winners include Duane Sander (2004), Don Endres (2005), Aelred Kurtenbach (2006), Steve Kirby (2007), Don Dunham (2008), Dale Froehlich (2009), Kurt Loudenback (2010), David Chicoine (2011), Roger Musick (2012), Gene McGowan (2013), Scott Meyer (2014), Rich Naser (2015), and Eric McDonald (2016).

Contact:    Tim Weelborg   ­   Enterprise Institute   ­   (605) 697 5015   ­   timw@sdei.org 

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Black Hills Area Entrepreneurs Scheduled to Speak at Upcoming Innovation Expo

Rapid City, S.D., September 12, 2017 –The Enterprise Institute has announced this year’s speakers for Innovation Expo – South Dakota’s largest entrepreneurship conference – scheduled for Tuesday, October 10th downtown Rapid City at the Holiday Inn – Rushmore Plaza. 

Several local entrepreneurs and business experts will be taking the stage to share their story in hopes to inspire current and future entrepreneurs to take the leap into business.  They include: web designer and entrepreneur Brian Rupert; Darren Haar – chairman of Black Hills Regional Angel Fund I and II and entrepreneur-in-residence at SDSM&T; Nina Braun – partner at Ketel Thorstenson LLP; and Mark Royalty – co-founder of Pure Bean Coffee.

These local business owners will join five other regional and national speakers who will be speaking on a variety of entrepreneurial topics.  Additionally, Innovation Expo features a student idea competition for higher-education students in South Dakota that will be competing for prize money as well as the annual announcement of the Spirit of Enterprise Award winner.

Key sponsors for Innovation Expo 2017 include the Bush Foundation and the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership.

About Innovation Expo

The Innovation Expo is a conference that encourages and celebrates entrepreneurship and connects those who are involved in the process including: investors, entrepreneurs, business developers, business leaders, educators, and the many others involved in launching and growing businesses. The Enterprise Institute has held this event for the past 3 years in Rapid City and 14 years in Sioux Falls. More information, including a full agenda and speaker lineup can be found at the event website: www.sdinnovationexpo.com.

Sioux Falls Area Entrepreneurs Scheduled to Speak at Upcoming Innovation Expo

Sioux Falls, S.D., September 12, 2017 –The Enterprise Institute has announced this year’s speakers for Innovation Expo – South Dakota’s largest entrepreneurship conference – scheduled for Thursday, October 12th downtown Sioux Falls at the Orpheum Theatre. 

Several local entrepreneurs will be taking the stage to share their story in hopes to inspire current and future entrepreneurs to take the leap into business.  They include: Matt Paulson – founder of MarketBeat and chairman of Falls Angel Fund, LLC; John Berdahl – partner at Vance Thompson Vision; Jodi Schwan – founder of Align Content Studio; Addie Graham-Kramer – founder of the Event Company; and Andy Jorgensen – Founder of Fire Bros. Fireworks.

These local business owners will join five other regional and national speakers who will be speaking on a variety of entrepreneurial topics.  Additionally, Innovation Expo features a student idea competition for higher-education students in South Dakota that will be competing for prize money as well as the annual announcement of the Spirit of Enterprise Award winner.

Key sponsors for Innovation Expo 2017 include: the Bush Foundation, MarketBeat, MidAmerican Energy and the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship.

About Innovation Expo

The Innovation Expo is a conference that encourages and celebrates entrepreneurship and connects those who are involved in the process including: investors, entrepreneurs, business developers, business leaders, educators, and the many others involved in launching and growing businesses. The Enterprise Institute has held this event for the past 14 years. More information, including a full agenda and speaker lineup can be found at the event website: www.sdinnovationexpo.com.

Enterprise Institute announces sponsors of the second annual Innovation Expo in Rapid City

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