The Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship (Zeal) is the physical hub for entrepreneurship in Sioux Falls. Zeal offers flexible leases and co-working memberships to startup businesses seeking affordable and flexible office space. Many organizations that support entrepreneurship are located at Zeal. Learn more about Zeal at realzeal.com or read our article.
Startup Sioux Falls is a community organization that connects small business owners and entrepreneurs to one another and to the startup ecosystem in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota metro. Our mission is to create a movement of small business owners and startup founders working to create and grow businesses for the betterment of themselves, their families, and their communities. Learn more at siouxfalls.eco.
Fierce Female Business Leaders (formerly Women Entrepreneurs of Sioux Falls) was founded on the idea of bringing the areas entrepreneurial women together in unity to make an impact on their local community. They believe strongly that women possess unique abilities and traits that make them especially qualified to work in their chosen field. They aim to foster leadership, self-confidence, and boldness in business. Learn more.
Business Woman Sioux Falls is a group that aims is to provide supportive, uplifting encouragement for the wealth of women in business, from small business owners to company CEOs, to the entrepreneurial woman just getting started on her business journey.
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The Sioux Falls Developers Group is a community of software developers and technology entrepreneurs in the Sioux Falls area. Each month they bring in speakers to present on a wide variety of software development topics. Learn more.
State and Federally-Funded Agencies
The Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) works to retain and expand existing businesses, foster new businesses, facilitate business succession and recruit out-of-state businesses. GOED also administers a variety of financing opportunities available to businesses. Learn more at sdreadytowork.com.
The South Dakota Manufacturing and Technology Solutions’ (SDMTS) mission is to provide solutions which will assist all of South Dakota manufacturers to prosper and grow”. They support industry and business in the workplace—whether that's in the office, on the factory floor, at a hospital, in a bank, or on the job site. Learn more at sdmanufacturing.com or read our article.
Venture Capital Resources
The Enterprise Institute operates a network of community-based angel investment funds in South Dakota. This network includes Falls Angel Fund (Sioux Falls), Black Hills Regional Angel Fund (Rapid City), Hub City Capital (Aberdeen), Park Capital Fund 1 (Brookings) and Kampeska Capital (Watertown). Learn more at www.sdei.org or read our article.
South Dakota Equity Partners is a public-private partnership that aims to invest up to $30 million into early and growth-stage companies in South Dakota. The partnership aims to invest in a variety of projects, primarily research commercialization and knowledge-based companies. You can learn more by reading our article or by contacting Blaine Crissman at [email protected]
Cresten Capital Holdings is a venture capital firm based out of Sioux Falls led by Kevin Tupy. Partnering with talented entrepreneurs and executive teams, Cresten takes a hands-on approach to unlock underlying value, enhance profitability, and scale businesses. Learn more at CrescentPE.com or read our article.
The Funding Farm brings businesses, products and ideas together with investors from rural America, and provides business consulting services to many types of companies. Learn more at TheFundingFarm.com.
Great North Labs is an early-stage venture fund for the upper Midwest that is actively looking to do make venture investments in South Dakota companies. They apply capital, operating experience, relationships, and market intelligence to cultivate the next generation of leading tech companies across the upper Midwest. Learn more at GreatNorthLabs.com or read our article.
The South Dakota Development Corporation was formed in 1983 to help South Dakota businesses access loans from the SBA 504 loan program. Through the program, business owners can borrow between $100,000 to $5.5 million with 10, 20 or 25 year repayment periods if eligible. Learn more.
Based in western North Dakota, Annie Capital believes in the unlimited potential of the prairie and the Badlands and invests in companies in North Dakota and South Dakota to keep talent here. They are offering to fund companies that are majority-women owned. Learn more at GoAnnie.com or read our article.
South Dakota Innovation Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm is focused on science and technology-based business ventures, providing qualified partners with seed capital and world-class business development, and providing a return on investment to each of our partners. Learn more at southdakotainnovation.com.
Read our venture capital guide: How to Raise Money for Your Business in the Great Plains or the Midwest
Economic Development Organizations
The Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce aims to be the leading Sioux Falls area business advocate, with the mission of advancing and promoting the economic health and quality of life of the region. Learn more about the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at siouxfallschamber.com.
Forward Sioux Falls is a joint venture economic development partnership between the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. Since 1987 it has raised more than $52 million to enhance economic development efforts and improve the quality of life of the region. Learn more at www.forwardsiouxfalls.com or read our article.
Dakota Resources helps rural communities help themselves through innovative processes, tools, training and resources. Their ambitious initiatives are designed to enhance rural entrepreneur and business development, rural housing development, community and leadership development and financial development!! Learn more.
Reseach Parks and Incubation Facilities
The USD GEAR Center provides a physical location for both private sector and university research activities, including USD’s Biomedical Engineering Program. USD GEAR’s specialized research suites, equipment, and technical staff are available to support public and private sector research activities. Learn more.
South Dakota Biotech is the state affiliate of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). This non-profit organization is dedicated to developing biotechnology through expanding research, advocacy, funding, education, infrastructure development, and promotion. Learn more at sdbio.org or read our article.
It takes hard work, persistence, and determination for a family business to succeed. Owners have the unique challenge of overlapping family and business systems, resulting in dynamics unlike any other type of organization. Prairie Family Business Association, the center for family business education in the Midwest, exists to help family businesses succeed for generations through quality education and networking. Learn more at fambus.org or read our article.
The Dakota Research and Consulting Organization (DRACO) is a graduate student-run biotechnology consulting group. Their board of directors guides our consultants in the completion of projects for regional biotechnology firms. Read our article.
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