Rapid City, South Dakota - Mark your calendars! The second annual Innovation Expo in Rapid City will be held on October 11th at the Holiday Inn – Rushmore Plaza. 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, initial sponsors also include: the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Rushmore Region, Web Concentrate, South Dakota EPSCoR, South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ketel Thorstenson, LLP, US Bank, Goodhue, Coleman & Owens, P.C., West River Electric Association, Inc., and Black Hills Energy.
The conference will feature five speaker presentations covering a variety of topics within entrepreneurship, as well as a breakout session with a panel of four intellectual property experts. 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.