Overview

October 9, 2018

The Innovation Expo in Rapid City is a conference focusing on connecting entrepreneurs, innovators, angel investors, venture capitalists, and the many others who are involved in developing startup companies. The event will consist of speakers, breakout sessions, and networking focusing on the entrepreneurial community.

General: $25
Student: $10

Speakers

Speaker List

Additional Schedule Details

Permjot Valia

Permjot Valia

Mentor Camp
An Economist by background, Permjot is the Founder & CEO of MentorCamp and Co-founder of Flight and Partners Ltd. (a UK based FCA authorized fund). Permjot is a Pitch Trainer, Advisor, Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Executive Director for numerous business and economic development collaborations around the world. He is also an Angel investor, having invested in over 30 startups in four countries (Canada, UK, South Africa and US).
Ross Diedrich

Ross Diedrich

Covered
Mr. Diedrich is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Covered. Covered is a venture-backed digital insurtech company. Under his leadership, Covered has been recognized on HousingWire's "Tech100" list of most innovative companies in housing, BuiltInColorado's "Top 50" list of startups to watch in 2018, and has been featured in WIRED Magazine and multiple other publications.

Previously, Mr. Diedrich was the VP of Structured Products and CD Trading at Nathan Hale Capital. Under his leadership, the Structured Products desk increased revenue 5.6x and achieved the highest ROI in the company. He was regularly in the top 3 traders in the country across multiple trading production categories. He was the youngest partner of the firm. During his tenure at Nathan Hale Capital, he achieved the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Melissa Kjolsing Lynch

Melissa Kjolsing Lynch

Recovree
Melissa has extensive experience working with startups. In her most recent role, she was the managing director of MN Cup, the largest statewide startup competition in the country. She has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
Luke Kjolsing

Luke Kjolsing

Recovree
Luke is a U.S. Air Force veteran who studied at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University, Mankato. Luke finds energy and joy in helping people with their recovery journey because he personally understands the challenges of addiction. He is a certified peer recovery specialist and manages a sober house in St. Paul. He is also active in the local recovery community including Young Adults in Recovery.
Dhiraj Sharan

Dhiraj Sharan

Query.AI
Dhiraj Sharan has been in a software engineering career for 20 years during which he has founded two startups and has been an engineering leader in two more startups. His journey includes an IPO at ArcSight and getting acquired twice by HP Enterprise. Dhiraj has 10 patents (granted/pending) and has been a Cisco EIR Entrepreneur. He is a bachelor in Computer Science from IIT (BHU, India) and Certificate in Management from Harvard. His current startup Query.AI is building an AI assistant for Enterprise IT and Security teams and is incubated by BIC at the Research Park in Brookings, SD.
Paul Thorstenson

Paul Thorstenson

Ketel Thorstenson, LLP
Paul is CEO of Western Dakota's leading locally owned CPA firm. He is also a venture investor in several technology, tourism and real estate businesses.
Ted Pettyjohn

Ted Pettyjohn

Phase Technologies, LLC
Ted Pettyjohn is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Phase Technologies, LLC, a manufacturer of power electronics with products including phase converters and variable frequency drives (VFD). He is an investor and Managing Member of Memsense, LLC, a producer of high performance inertial measurement units (IMUs) for military and industrial applications. In 1998 Mr. Pettyjohn founded LZS, Inc., a consulting firm that provides sales, marketing and business development services to established companies and to start-up ventures. Prior to founding LZS, Mr. Pettyjohn held various positions in Sales & Marketing for Amgen, Inc., the world's largest biotechnology company. Mr. Pettyjohn has extensive experience in strategic planning, equity financing, sales and marketing, and has successfully established new technology companies. He holds a BS in Biological Sciences from South Dakota Sate University.
Brian Rupert

Brian Rupert

Startup Black Hills and Startup Weekend Black Hills
Brian Rupert is a dad, husband, entrepreneur, firefighter and community builder that believes in the power of connectivity and relationships. As an organizer of Startup Black Hills and Startup Weekend Black Hills my mission is to help ideas come to life and support entrepreneurs in their journey towards world domination.

Location

Holiday Inn - Rushmore Plaza • Rapid City, SD

Schedule

Schedule Details

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Holiday Inn - Rushmore Plaza
12:30 PM
Registration Opens
1:00 PM
Opening Remarks
1:10 PM
Permjot Valia
Mentor Camp
1:40 PM
Ross Diedrich
Covered
2:00 PM
Student Pitches
2:30 PM
Melissa Kjolsing Lynch & Luke Kjolsing
Recovree
3:00 PM
Dhiraj Sharan
Query.AI
3:15 PM
Paul Thorstenson, Ketel Thorsetenson, LLP & Ted Pettyjohn, Phase Technologies, LLC
3:45 PM
Spirit of Enterprise Award
4:00 PM
Black Hills Entrepreneur Panel Discussion
Moderator: Brian Rupert
5:00 PM
Closing Remarks
5:15 PM
Happy Hour

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