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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Governor's Giant Vision Business Plan Competition Open

2017 Governor's Giant Vision Business Plan Competition Open
Yankton Daily Press

PIERRE — South Dakota residents who have a new business idea are reminded to enter the Governor’s Giant Vision Business Competition for a chance to win up to $20,000 to launch their idea. If you’re a South Dakota college/university/technical school student, enter the Giant Vision Student Competition and compete for a top prize of $5,000.

Complete details are on the website, and entrants will submit their business plan through the website. The competition is open to all South Dakotans with new ideas that they believe would benefit from the review and analysis process of the competition, while vying for funds to assist their start up. The focus of this program is on the business plan or business model and potential for job creation. It is not limited to technology entries.

In addition to cash awards, the competition will bring people with new business ideas together with judges and other invited guests who have business development experience and those who have the capacity to make venture investments.

Application deadlines are in February and the final event competition will be held in conjunction with the annual GOED Conference April 26, 2017, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
The Governor’s Giant Vision event is hosted by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry and sponsored by the following: Gov. Dennis Daugaard; Black Hills Energy, Rapid City; Christiansen Land & Cattle Ltd., Kimball; Dacotah Bank, Aberdeen; Daktronics, Inc., Brookings; MidAmerican Energy, South Dakota; Toshiba America, Mitchell; US Bank, Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Rapid City; Wheeler Manufacturing, Lemmon; and Xcel Energy, Sioux Falls. The Student Competition sponsors are Gov. Dennis Daugaard; Citibank, N.A., Sioux Falls; and South Dakota EPSCoR, Brookings.