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   ­ 

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