Sioux Falls, South Dakota - Mark your calendars! Innovation Expo 2016 is scheduled for Thursday, October 13th at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Sioux Falls. 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.
Led by the Bush Foundation, MidAmerican Energy, and the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship, initial sponsors also include: DocuTAP, the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Matthew Paulson Consulting, profile by Sanford, the South Dakota Small Business Development Center, Web Concentrate, Bluestem Capital, Eide Bailly, First National Bank, Goodhue, Coleman & Owens, P.C., Greenfield Rotert Law, Hagen, Wilka & Archer, LLP, McGowan Capital Group, Patterson Thuente IP, REED Fund, The Research Park at SDSU, South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith P.C., and South Dakota EPSCoR.
The conference will feature nine speaker presentations covering a variety of topics within entrepreneurship. In addition, the event will host a student idea competition which will allow South Dakota higher education students to submit business ideas and compete for cash prizes. The Enterprise Institute has held this event in the eastern part of the State for the last 13 years and added a conference to Rapid City in 2015. More information, including a full agenda and speaker lineup can be found at the event website: www.sdinnovationexpo.com.
About the Enterprise Institute:
The Enterprise Institute began in 2001 when a group of business leaders and entrepreneurs decided to help identify and launch high growth businesses in South Dakota. The mission of the Enterprise Institute is to encourage and assist the establishment of growth enterprises in the state. Since 2006, the Enterprise Institute has organized and currently administers nine angel investment funds in the state of South Dakota. To date the funds include nearly 150 individual accredited investors and have raised over $10 million to invest in startup companies in the state and region.