Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Focused Planning, Impactful Results…Economic Development in Brookings

By: Kristi Larsen, BEDC Marketing Director Brookings is recognized throughout the region for its progressive and collaborative approach to growth and development. What role does economic development play in this community building initiative? Economic development is a process that seeks to improve the economic well-being of a region through business development, job creation and wealth…

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Super Bowl Stadium Features Daktronics Displays

When the best football teams from each conference collide in Atlanta for the biggest game of the year, Daktronics of Brookings will have a hand in creating the atmosphere and experience for everyone in attendance.  This year, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams to see who will be…

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Ideation to Commercialization – Entrepreneur Coaching Now Available in Brookings

BEDC partnering with SDSU to identify the business value of new innovations Many new ideas and innovations have great potential, but how do people determine the real world impact their ideas could have? Entrepreneurs in Brookings now have a resource for helping them discover the business value of their ideas. Jennifer Quail, Director of Entrepreneur…

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SDSU Group Receives Community Innovation Grant for Prototype Development

Courtesy of the South Dakota Community Foundation The South Dakota Community Foundation recently presented a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant to South Dakota State University. Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the CIG program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges across the state. The grant will provide partial support for the Rich…

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Ambiance Salon opens in downtown Brookings

Erica Davis hopes her new salon has the right ambiance, so that’s what she named it: Ambiance Salon. The shop is located at 408 Third St. in Brookings and caters to just about everything hair, skin or nails. Davis and her crew of two are available by appointment only.  “I had a lot of trouble…

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Entrepreneurs begin grappling with new patent priority

Should an entrepreneur protect an invention with a patent sooner rather than later? That’s the question that confronts innovators struggling to determine how recent patent law changes will impact their businesses. The America Invents Act, which went into effect in 2013, replaces a system that recognizes the first to invent with one that gives priority…

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SDSU Gets New High-Performance Computer Cluster For Analyzing Genomic Data

When Xijin Ge learned South Dakota State University was not only going to add a high-performance computing cluster and a 100-gigabyte internet connection, he was excited. “I was like a kid in a candy store, just so excited about the speed in which I was going to be able to download and analyze genomic data,”…

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Brookings artist creates unique jewelry

If there’s a symbol that especially spells South Dakota, it’s the ring-necked pheasant. People from all around the globe come to hunt the bird that brings big bucks to the state.  Now a Brookings woman has found a way to design hand-made jewelry that also has a distinct touch of the Mount Rushmore State. “I…

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Research fellowship helps microbiology student find career path

A summer undergraduate research fellowship has helped South Dakota State University sophomore Caroline Kincade figure out her career path. Through the Future Agriculture and Science Taskforce Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (FAST REEU) fellowship program, Kincade worked on a project to understand how cells gain resistance to antibiotics under the supervision of Assistant Professor…

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Earn Cash for your Ideas

$2,500 in prize money to be awarded The twelfth annual Brookings Area Idea Competition is now open and taking entries from inventors, makers, innovators, entrepreneurs and anyone with a good idea, with the chance of winning a total of $2,500 in cash prizes. The 2019 contest, hosted by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), encourages community…

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