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Entrepreneurs sought for 2015 Accelerator Challenge

A proven program for fast-tracking company start-ups and entrepreneurial launches is seeking its next group of business ideas. Through April 20, the South Dakota Technology Business Center (SDTBC) is accepting applications for the 2015 Accelerator Challenge. The program is sponsored by SDTBC with Forward Sioux Falls, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the US Small… Read more »

Global Thinking Labs ‘mines air’ for valuable gases

Executives with Global Thinking Laboratories Inc. explain the complex nature of their business in simple terms: “We mine the air.” The company’s Pure Materials Division is striving to efficiently separate and purify gaseous elements such as carbon, oxygen and nitrogen for use in fields such as research, electronics and medical imaging. In other words, GTL… Read more »

New business aims to help make hunting safer

In addition to friendship, an educational background in engineering and an entrepreneurial spirit, Blake Hoffman, Tim Wakefield Jr. and Zach Dawson share a passion for hunting. Their passion inspired them to start ODIN Hunting Products, a startup business that designs and makes hunting products.  Their company name, ODIN, came from the call sign used in… Read more »

Business training helps anti-counterfeiting research team

Researchers at three state universities are making progress developing leading-edge, high-security printing and anti-counterfeiting techniques. The South Dakota Technology Business Center in Sioux Falls has contributed to the cause by providing business training to some members of the research team. Faculty members and students at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, University of… Read more »

SDTBC Awarded $50,000 for its Boot Camp and Accelerator Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced, after reviewing more than 800 applications, the 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. The recipients represent 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The accelerators come from a broad set of industries and sectors – from manufacturing to tech start-ups to farming as well… Read more »

Hobby making video game kits leads to new business

Ed Mandy and Andrew Pavek are the principals in 7400 Circuits LLC, an electronics contract engineering and manufacturing startup in Rapid City, S.D. They created their company in the spring of 2014. The name of the business – 7400 Circuits – was inspired by a series of computer chips. Mandy, a computer scientist, and Pavek… Read more »

Accelerator launches with eight companies at this week’s boot camp

Sioux Falls, SD – Eight entrepreneurial teams have been selected to take part in this year’s Accelerator program at the South Dakota Technology Business Center.  These entrepreneurs will spend the next five months preparing to grow their South Dakota businesses and pitch to investors. The companies competitively selected to participate in the 2014 Accelerator are:… Read more »

SDTBC doubles Boot Camp and Accelerator offering for 2014

Sioux Falls, SD – Entrepreneurs can take advantage of two offerings of the combined South Dakota Technology Business Center Business Launch Boot Camp and Accelerator program in 2014. The program combines a three-day boot camp with five monthly one-day sessions all focused on helping entrepreneurs launch and scale their companies. Participants are selected through a… Read more »

South Dakota Funding Support Technology, Entrepreneurs and Start-up Businesses

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development was awarded $92,500 from the Small Business Administration (SBA) FAST program to support entrepreneurs and businesses accepted into the South Dakota Technology Business Center’s Accelerator program. “Technology businesses often need to test a prototype or have their product certified before they can obtain funding or begin selling their product. … Read more »

Educator turning her father’s high-tech hobby into a business

Lisa Rinaldo of Sioux Falls is turning her inventive father’s hobby into a business. Her father, John Ebbinghaus, is a mechanical engineer who has invented several different types of electrically conductive pastes. Their business, Prohm-tect, makes and sells pastes for bridging gaps in conductivity for use in places such as fuel cells in power plants… Read more »