Overview

October 13, 2016

The Innovation Expo in Sioux Falls 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: $50
Student: $25

Speakers

Speaker List

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Greg Tehven

Greg Tehven

Emerging Prairie
I have spent much of my life believing I can "Create the Community You Want To Live In." Co-Founder of Emerging Prairie, Dinnerties.com, 1 Million Cups Fargo, and Students Today Leaders Forever. I teach as an Adjunct Professor at Concordia College. Greg's current activities include co-organizing Startup Weekend Fargo and curating TEDxFargo. I love Settlers of Catan, coffee, hosting dinner parties and ND Class "B" state champs.

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Brian Brasch

Brian Brasch

PRx Performance

Brian is a serial entrepreneur and Certified Public Accountant with seven profitable businesses. He studied Accounting at Montana State University and International Studies at Osaka International University. He also worked for PriceWaterhouse in Tax and KPMG in Audit. Brian is an Ironman finisher and very active in charities that focus on reducing human trafficking such as, www.weareunseen.org. Brian also teaches new entrepreneurs how to start businesses through the Co.Starters platform.

Brian has a track record of taking old technology and reinventing it to align with today's markets, while also growing demand. Some examples include a drain plug (www.smartoplug.com), High Voltage Inspection for retreads (www.hawkinson.com) and most recently, gym equipment (www.prxperformance.com). The latter recently landed Brian on ABC's Shark Tank, where he successfully landed a deal with Kevin O'Leary.

By taking advantage of digital tools and trends in social media and crowdfunding, Brian has succeeded in making these projects a reality at minimal cost. Finally, Non-Qualified Stock options have allowed him to gain support across all business units with minimal capital expenditures. During this session, Brian will share his opinion and vision on how to modernize any industry by bringing awareness to current trends and tools of millennials and successful startups.

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Trevor Nash-Keller

Trevor Nash-Keller

Nash-Keller Media

Trevor Nash-Keller is a Sioux Falls based entrepreneur. He is the Founder and CEO of Nash-KellerMedia, a digital marketing agency specialized in scaling businesses online. With a strong ability to use data-driven methods to spot trends, Trevor has helped develop and implement cutting edge strategies to explode the overall growth of local, national, and international brands.

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Mike Vetter

Mike Vetter

DataSync Corporation

Mike Vetter has been working to build innovative companies for the past 10 years in various roles as an executive, board member, investor, and advisor. His currently serves as President and CTO of DataSync Corporation, a national sales/marketing software advisory firm he founded. DataSync is based in Sioux Falls and employs over 30 people. Mike also currently serves Sioux Falls as a director for Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship. Mike is passionate about serving the South Dakota entrepreneurial community and encouraging others to innovate.

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Coy Yonce

Coy Yonce

Mantis Digital Arts

Coy is the Founder and CEO of Mantis Digital Arts, a UX/UI Designer for rich data applications at EV Technologies, and is an experienced Product manager who has managed development and marketing for multiple technology products - some generating as much as 42 million annually.

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Eric McDonald

Eric McDonald

DocuTAP

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Awesomeness at DocuTAP, Eric McDonald has always been an entrepreneur with a dream. After seeing the future of hand-held devices could play in healthcare, he started developing the DocuTAP application in his basement shortly after college. In 2000, Eric officially began DocuTAP with the support of angel investors. The medical software company offers a cloud-based, integrated EMR and Practice Management software made for tablets to hundreds of urgent cares clinics. Currently employing over 200 employees in Sioux Falls, DocuTAP is a regional Cinderella start-up story—and Eric's personal dream, achieved.

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Dusty Davidson

Dusty Davidson

Flywheel

Dusty is a technology entrepreneur located on the Silicon Prairie. Over the past 9 years, he has built a reputation as one of the leading innovators and advocates for technology startups in the Midwest. Companies founded by Dusty include Tripleseat - A software-as-a-service company selling event management software to restaurants and hotels nationwide; Silicon Prairie News / Big Omaha - The voice for entrepreneurs, startups and innovators in the middle of the country; and most recently Flywheel – a platform built specifically for web designers and agencies building WordPress websites – and one of the fastest growing technology startups in Nebraska.

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Nate Malloy

Nate Malloy

Sanford Profile

Mr. Malloy is responsible for the leadership and coordination of all facets of Profile, including the development and implementation of new corporate owned stores, the franchise network and other options to enter the market through partnerships and business relationships.

Mr. Malloy holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Northern Iowa and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Kansas School of Law. Nate began his career at Sanford Health in March of 2013.

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Edie Ramstad

Edie Ramstad

Weave Got Maille

Edie Ramstad is the owner of Weave Got Maille, the third largest supplier of chainmaille supplies in the world. Trained as a Goldsmith, Edie has a love of all things crafty and can't remember a time when she wasn't making something. When she retired in 2011, she had a thought that she should have a hobby business to fill a little time. This hobby turned into Weave Got Maille. The company now employs 15 people and ships product all over the world.

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Laura Benson

Laura Benson

Filly Flair

Laura Benson started Filly Flair in 2010 with very little investment and knowledge of the fashion industry or the tech world. With a lot of self teaching, and insane amounts of work that go into startups, she learned how to build her own first website, and start building a brand on social media with no money. 5 years later, they have grown into a huge online retailer with 30 employees, and also have recently opened a flagship store in Sioux Falls. She is a dreamer, a strong Christian, and is always working on her next big idea. She will forever be a farm girl and accredit her ability to almost never stop working, to her upbringing on a dairy farm.

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Kirstie Chadwick

Kirstie Chadwick

International Business Innovation Association
Kirstie is the President & CEO of the International Business Innovation Association, a global non-profit that serves over 2,100 business incubators, technology accelerators and economic development agencies in over 60 countries.

Kirstie has over 25 years of experience at technology companies including Sun Microsystems, Mentor Graphics and Lockheed Martin. She has also held executive roles at five venture-backed technology startups. She was the CEO and Co-founder of DigitalOwl, an Orlando-based educational software company, where she raised over $13M in venture capital and successfully navigated the company through the dot-com market crash.

In 2004, Kirstie joined the University of Central Florida (UCF) as the Director of the Venture Lab where she facilitated the spin-out of three startup companies based on faculty inventions, and mentored hundreds of local entrepreneurs in business strategy and financing. In 2007, Kirstie was tapped to become the Executive Director of the Winter Park Angels, a 50+ member angel investment group.

In addition to her experiences as an entrepreneur and investor, Kirstie led the financing and management of Florida's Igniting Innovation and Starter Studio Technology Accelerators, which together directly resulted over $50 million in follow-on capital by participating companies.

Kirstie is the recipient of the Orlando Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Award, the Working Woman Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, and the Dr. W. Judson King Entrepreneurship Memorial Award. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Computer Science from UCF, and holds an MBA from UCF.

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Location

The Orpheum Theater • Sioux Falls, SD

Schedule

Schedule Details

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Icon Lounge, Downtown Sioux Falls
5:00 PM
Opening Reception

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The Orpheum Theater
8:30 AM
Registration Opens
9:00 AM
Opening Remarks
9:15 AM
Brian Brasch
PRx Performance
9:45 AM
Trevor Nash-Keller
Nash-Keller Media
10:00 AM
Mike Vetter
10:30 AM
Break
11:00 AM
Coy Yonce
Mantis Digital Arts
11:15 AM
Eric McDonald
DocuTAP
11:45 AM
Spirit of Enterprise Award
12:00 PM
Lunch
12:45 PM
Student Pitches
1:15 PM
Dusty Davidson
Flywheel
1:45 PM
Nate Malloy
Sanford Profile
2:00 PM
Edie Ramstad
Weave Got Maille
2:30 PM
Laura Benson
Filly Flair
2:45 PM
Kirstie Chadwick
International Business Innovation Association
3:15 PM
Closing Remarks
3:30 PM
Happy Hour

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