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Organization Focus: South Dakota Innovation Partners

Ten years ago, a group of civic entrepreneurs set out to create an early-stage venture capital firm with a focus on commercializing research. Today, they have built an experienced firm with a track record of transforming ideas into successful industrial complexes. The idea for the firm came from former South Dakota State University president, David…

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Global Entrepreneurship Week brings Tofurky founder to Sioux Falls

A panel discussion featuring Tofurky founder and CEO, Seth Tibbott, was hosted by Zeal, Startup Sioux Falls, and the South Dakota Biotech Association on Wednesday afternoon. The event, which took place on Augustana University’s campus, was titled “Riding the Protein Highway: a Plant-Based Panel Discussion.” Tibbott was also the featured speaker at the morning’s 1…

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Organization Focus: Falls Fintech

The state’s first fintech accelerator will kick off its inaugural 10-week program in March 2020, welcoming a cohort of five early-stage businesses to Sioux Falls.  Falls Fintech was formed in 2019 as a subsidiary of Central Payments, the payments division of Central Bank of Kansas City. Based in Dell Rapids, Central Payments administers payment cards…

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Meet Zeal’s New Community Manager: Kate Flemming

On Monday, Zeal welcomed its newest employee, Kate Flemming, in the role of Community Manager. Kate has a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and she recently moved to Sioux Falls from Decatur, IL with her husband and young son. Previously, she served as the program coordinator for Millikin University’s Center for…

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Featured Event: Mini-Mastermind

Do you have a business problem you don’t know how to solve? Is there an area where your business is sorely lacking? Not sure how to keep growing your business? Please join Startup Sioux Falls and Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship for a mini-mastermind event. This event will be a round-table discussion where anyone can present…

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2019 Hey Sioux Falls Award Winners Announced

Six local entrepreneurs and companies were recognized for building great businesses or pushing the Sioux Falls entrepreneurial community forward at the second annual Hey Sioux Falls awards program on Thursday. Recipients were selected from eighteen finalists and more than 70 nominees. The 2019 Hey Sioux Falls award recipients are: New Startup of the Year: Advanced…

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Organization Focus: Catholic Men’s Business Fraternity

In 2012, after a decade of teaching theology at O’Gorman High School, Joe Rutten decided it was time to pursue his idea of forming a men’s group centered on faith and business. Seven years later, the Catholic Men’s Business Fraternity (CMBF) is an active, multifaceted organization serving men in Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities.…

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Technology drive provides local nonprofits with refurbished systems

In partnership with the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship and SEAM, local biotech consulting firm, DRACO, launched its technology drive, Re:Boot Sioux Falls, on Monday, November 4. Re:Boot evolved from a project that one of DRACO’s founders, Eric Sandhurst, had initially been operating on his own. He collected used computers, had them refurbished by friends who…

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Featured Event: Failure Fest

A new event has been announced: Failure Fest! Most small businesses and startups fail, and that’s okay. Failure Fest is a unique event that celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and recognizes that trying and failing to do something important is better than never trying at all. At Failure Fest, we will hear from two entrepreneurs who…

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