Enterprise Institute Announces Early sponsors of Inaugural Innovation Expo in Rapid City

Rapid City, South Dakota - Innovation Expo is expanding to Rapid City with its conference on September 29 at the Holiday Inn – Rushmore Plaza. The Innovation Expo is an entrepreneurship conference that encourages and celebrates entrepreneurship and connects those who are involved in the process including: investors, business developers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and the many others involved in launching and growing businesses. 

Led by the Bush Foundation and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, initial sponsors include:  The Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance; Web Concentrate;  Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson and Ashmore LLP; Goodhue, Coleman & Owens, P.C.; Ketel Thorstenson, LLP; South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry; South Dakota EPSCoR; Black Hills Power; and US Bank. 

"We're extremely excited to expand this conference to Rapid City," said Enterprise Institute Executive Director Tim Weelborg. "We could not accomplish this without the amazing support of the Black Hills business community and the many sponsors."

The Expo will feature six speaker presentations as well as four breakout sessions with local experts on topics such as intellectual property, legal issues in business, business entity selection, and marketing for startups. In addition, the event will feature a student idea competition where SD higher education students can submit a business idea and compete for cash prizes.  

The Enterprise Institute has held this event in the eastern part of the State for the last 12 years and is expanding it to Rapid City this year.  More information, including a full agenda and speaker lineup can be found at the event website: www.sdinnovationexpo.com.


About the Innovation Expo:

Innovation Expo is an entrepreneurship conference that encourages and celebrates entrepreneurship and connects those who are involved in the process including: investors, business developers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, etc.  The Enterprise Institute has held this event in the eastern part of the State for the last 12 years and is expanding it to Rapid City this year. 

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 seven member managed angel investment funds in the state of South Dakota. To date the funds include over 130 individual accredited investors and have raised over $7,500,000 to invest in startup companies in the state and region. 

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