South Dakota Technology Business Center

Rich Naser Awarded 2015 Spirit of Enterprise Award at Innovation Expo

Sioux Falls, South Dakota – The Enterprise Institute awarded the 2015 Spirit of Enterprise Award to Rich Naser, president of the South Dakota Technology Business Center at the annual Innovation Expo in Sioux Falls on Thursday, October 1.

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.

Naser serves as president of the South Dakota Technology Business Center, a business incubator launched by Forward Sioux Falls in 2004 and the USD Discovery District in Sioux Falls. The Center and its staff serve as the resource for innovators and entrepreneurs launching, growing or expanding successful technology-based businesses in Sioux Falls.

Naser also directs the Forward Sioux Falls Research, Technology and Entrepreneurship initiatives which focus on developing the human capital, early-stage funding and research infrastructure necessary to support high growth businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators.

Enterprise Institute Executive Director Tim Weelborg said “Rich is a shining example of someone who has shaped the entrepreneurial culture and ecosystem in South Dakota. He is a strong leader who advocates tirelessly for entrepreneurs and for making programs and services that benefit emerging businesses available to them.”

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), and Scott Meyer (2014).

Contact: Tim Weelborg – Enterprise Institute – (605) 697 5015 – timw@sdei.org

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