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

Eight entrepreneurial teams were 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:

  • AMI (Antimicrobial Materials) Inc. (Several products that have an antimicrobial finish that can be renewed)
  • Credentialing USA, LLC (A service for medical professionals to mange their professional credentialing information and requirements)
  • Global Thinking Laboratories (A new technology to create useful isotopes for many industries)
  • ODIN Hunting Products, Inc. (Hunting products beginning with an innovative step to more safely climb into tree stands)
  • Picki (A mobile app to share two photos with others and ask them to help you pick between them)
  • SPACT (Security printing and anti counterfeit technology)
  • The Weston Group (A human resource company that provides services to small and mid-sized companies planning to build an online platform to offer HR services) 
  • 7400 Circuits (A boutique company that manufactures unique electrical parts for other companies)

The SDTBC Accelerator launched with a three-day intensive boot camp held May 14-16, which will be followed by a series of monthly, one-day sessions to help entrepreneurs refine their business concept and model, focus on sales growth and scale their businesses. 

“These companies are learning how to be successful from some of the region’s top experts in entrepreneurship, sales, finance, intellectual property, business law and more,” said Pam Boehm, the center’s entrepreneurship and incubation manager.  “We are excited to be working with these entrepreneurs and the more than 20 subject matter experts sharing their time and talents to further entrepreneurship in South Dakota.”

Along with the opportunity to learn from and connect with great resources, these accelerator companies have the opportunity to pitch for project-based funds made available through a FAST grant awarded by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Participants learn the process on how to pitch for funding and have the ability to earn two grants of $5,000 each to move their business forward.

The 2014 Accelerator is sponsored by Forward Sioux Falls. For more information about the 2014 Accelerator, go here or contact Pam Boehm at (605) 275-8008.


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