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: