Posts by Andrea Van Essen

Organization Focus: DRACO

While pursuing an advanced degree in biomedical engineering from the University of South Dakota, Eric Sandhurst noticed a startling lack of job opportunities in his chosen field.  Simultaneously, he was surprised to see a stark mismatch between the amount of dollars being funneled into Sioux Falls’ biotech scene and the amount of students leaving the…

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September Startup Social: Inaugural event draws a crowd

On Tuesday, September 17, around 130 people gathered at Queen City Bakery for the inaugural Startup Social.  Hosted by Startup Sioux Falls, the event was a social mixer for the entrepreneurial community. “I wanted to gather the community and highlight all of the great resources that are available to small business owners and startup founders…

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Nominations open for Hey Sioux Falls 2019 awards

Event honors the trials and triumphs of local entrepreneurs SIOUX FALLS – An award show and celebration of the entrepreneurial community in Sioux Falls is returning for a second year. Hey Sioux Falls will be held Thursday, November 7 at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Sioux Falls. Hey Sioux Falls is an event for…

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Local SEO agency encourages small businesses to invest in a strategy

Tiger29 is a corporate sponsor and premier level patron of Startup Sioux Falls. Pete Kleinjan recently celebrated ten years of running his own SEO agency, Tiger29. But the Dakota State University grad wasn’t always a web professional. After receiving his degree in elementary education from Dakota State University, Kleinjan moved to Sioux Falls where he…

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Falls Angel Fund Portfolio Company Joins Techstars Accelerator

Fargo startup, WalkWise, is the first North Dakota company to be selected for the Techstars Accelerator Program. The program, in partnership with United Healthcare, commenced on September 9 in Minneapolis. Founded in 2016, WalkWise’s simple and discrete technologies help seniors maintain their independence and offer peace of mind to families. Their smart walker attachment functions…

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Featured Event: South Dakota Technology Showcase

The fourth annual South Dakota Technology Showcase will be held on Thursday, September 26 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The event was originally the brainchild of AT&T Northern Plains States.  “When we started the South Dakota Tech Showcase in 2016, our goal was twofold: to highlight the emerging technological innovations in South Dakota and…

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Organization Focus: What’s new at Zeal?

Summer may be winding down, but things are ramping up at Zeal. At the end of May, Zeal welcomed its new executive director, Brienne Maner.  Throughout the summer, Maner has spent time assessing Zeal’s strengths and weaknesses and working on the center’s strategic vision.  Earlier in August, Maner traveled to Fargo for the Ecosystem Centers…

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Co-working space for women begins crowdfunding effort Friday

Jen Kolb says the look and feel of her workspace has always been important to her. “I realized that if my surroundings weren’t in order and inspiring to me, I wasn’t going to be very effective,” Kolb said.  As a mother of two, she also felt the challenge of balancing her responsibilities at work—her background…

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Featured Event: The IO Summit

Four years ago, Lincoln-based entrepreneur, Brian Ardinger, started a podcast called Inside Outside Innovation, with weekly episodes featuring startups outside Silicon Valley. After two years running the podcast, Ardinger decided to create an event around the same concept, which became Lincoln’s IO Summit. “The idea is to bring together the best and the brightest from…

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Featured Event: Hey Sioux Falls

Have you ever wished you could attend a live award show? If so, mark your calendar for the second annual Hey Sioux Falls event on November 7.  Hey Sioux Falls began in 2018 as an award show and celebration focused on the local startup and entrepreneurship community.  The show was the brainchild of John Meyer,…

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