Entrepreneurship & Innovation

BEDC, Daktronics cultivating new business ideas

50-year-old company hosting public reception to announce competition winners Daktronics, Inc. has partnered with Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) to host the 2018 Brookings Area Idea Competition judging and open house reception as part of their year-long 50th anniversary celebration. The public reception will take place on Wednesday, February 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30…

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Kids to launch businesses at community market

4th and 5th graders part of Youth Entrepreneur Program Some of the region’s youngest entrepreneurs will be showcasing their ideas and products at a community pop-up market on February 24. The event is the culmination of the inaugural Youth Entrepreneur Program (Y.E.P) which started last September. The market will take place from 9:00 a.m. to…

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Have A Business Idea? You Could Win $1,500

By: Casey Wonnenberg, KELO TV WATCH Do you have an idea for a new business or gadget? You could win $1,500 in a Brookings competition. When it comes to ping pong, Cody Butler is not only looking to win this game, but also score a new business. Butler is working on a device that keeps…

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Eponymous Brewing Co. to open in Brookings next month

By: Patrick Anderson, The Argus Leader Sean Weber and his buddy started fermenting barley and hops in the garage of their Brookings rental. For years, it was a hobby. But Weber, a 29-year-old project coordinator for Daktronics, has already started to take beer making beyond what he calls the “third stall.” He and his partner plan…

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SDSU researcher develops program to more accurately identify land cover

By : SDSU A South Dakota State University geospatial sciences researcher has developed a program that uses Landsat satellite data to automatically categorize what’s on the ground and does so more accurately than other land cover products. Assistant research professor Hankui Zhang’s technology not only discriminates grassland, cropland and mixed grasses/cropland, but also an evergreen…

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Raven to give $5 million to SDSU Precision Ag Facility

By: SDSU Raven Industries announced today that it is awarding South Dakota State University a historic gift of $5 million for the establishment of its Precision Agriculture Facility within the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences on its main campus in Brookings, S.D. SDState is the first land-grant university in the country to offer both…

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DNA, RNA sequencing available on campus

By: SDSU Instrumentation that can sequence the entire genome of an organism is now available on the South Dakota State University campus, thanks to funding from National Science Foundation, the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, SDSU Office of Information Technology and South Dakota’s BioSystems Networks and Translational Research (BioSNTR) Center. “Having a sequencing center in…

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First Bank & Trust donates $500k to SDSU precision ag facility

By: SDSU Extention iGrow BROOKINGS – First Bank & Trust has announced a $500,000 investment to help South Dakota State University with construction of the new precision agriculture facility on campus. The new facility is planned for the northwest corner of campus. It will be a center for research, teaching and innovation that covers the…

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Brookings Pop-up Markets Back in 2018

Entrepreneurs interested in testing their business ideas invited to participate By: BEDC Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is excited to announce they will be hosting three Pop-up Markets this year for Brookings area entrepreneurs and innovators who wish to test the market and gain valuable feedback about their unique products and business ideas. The events…

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