Overview

October 11, 2018

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: $25
Student: $10

Speakers

Speaker List

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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.
Betty Gronneberg

Betty Gronneberg

uCodeGirl
A seasoned software engineer, a public speaker, an author, and a social entrepreneur with a vision to exponentially expand the inclusion of diverse voices in the technology workforce. By providing opportunities and exposure to technical skills, entrepreneurial mindset and practical confidence building experiences for teen girls, Bethlehem (Betty) strives to be an authentic global agent of change that fosters young women's affinity to the world of coding, the global language of the future.

Gronneberg referred to as the "unlikely STEMinist" by the HuffingtonPost, is a Founder and Chief Executive Officer of uCodeGirl, a social purpose non-profit designed to inspire, engage and teach girls skills so that they can choose to confidently forge a pathway to technology careers. After 20+ years in the software industry and a master's degree in Software Engineering from North Dakota State University (NDSU), Betty has shifted her career focus to be an advocate for women in technology. As the 2016 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, she is constantly challenged to think big and to think different.

Bethlehem is committed to bringing the real-world experience of software development to classrooms as an adjunct instructor of Computer Science at Concordia College. Bethlehem who serves on the Board of Prairie Public Broadcasting Services and the advisory council of the Innovative Education Task Force of North Dakota, was recently named the 2018 YWCA Woman of the Year in Science and Technology and the 2018 Exceptional Women of Excellence by the Women Economic Forum, a global conference for women leaders and entrepreneurs. Betty lives in Fargo with her husband and three sons.
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.
Adam Learing

Adam Learing

Learn Create Build
Adam Learing is one-half of the founding team of Learn Create Build Academy, LCB for short. LCB hosts technology camps for kids. From courses in robotics and Minecraft to programming, and engineering LCB continues to inspire the next generation of creators, makers, and innovators. Beyond LCB, Adam spends his time chasing around his son and creating memories with wife, Emily.
Tamien Dysart

Tamien Dysart

Think 3D
Founders of Think 3D Solutions, Tamien Dysart and Vaney Hariri, have over 3 decades of combined experience and leadership expertise working for various Fortune 500 companies. Tamien earned his MBA in Business Management from the University of Sioux Falls and spent the last 10 years in senior leadership positions. Vaney has been an active participant in giving back to city, being involved with the human relations commission for 10 years, chairing it for 5 years and was recognized for his great work within the community when he received the Mayor's (Sioux Falls) "Leadership Award" in 2014. Their workshops and keynote presentations are interactive, inspirational, thought provoking and outcome focused.
Vaney Hariri

Vaney Hariri

Think 3D
Founders of Think 3D Solutions, Tamien Dysart and Vaney Hariri, have over 3 decades of combined experience and leadership expertise working for various Fortune 500 companies. Tamien earned his MBA in Business Management from the University of Sioux Falls and spent the last 10 years in senior leadership positions. Vaney has been an active participant in giving back to city, being involved with the human relations commission for 10 years, chairing it for 5 years and was recognized for his great work within the community when he received the Mayor's (Sioux Falls) "Leadership Award" in 2014. Their workshops and keynote presentations are interactive, inspirational, thought provoking and outcome focused.
Michelle Gjerde

Michelle Gjerde

Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship
Michelle has 25 years of marketing experience in the technology industry ranging from start-ups and global agencies to F500 companies including Gateway, HP and 3M. She's held leadership roles with fast-growth, emerging market leaders and founded a marketing firm called Propel, with a focus on supporting entrepreneurs.

Most recently Michelle was in Chicago working with tech start-ups, Although she has spent most of her career in the Twin Cities area supporting fast-growth market innovators like Dell, Digital River, Imation, Agiliti and Retek. Prior to running her own business, Michelle worked in Silicon Valley for a large technology PR firm where she represented HP and Iomega. Before joining the agency, Michelle was the marketing communications manager for Firepond, formerly known as CWC, a pioneer in CRM software.

In the early 90's, Michelle become Gateway's first internal PR person. She worked directly with CEO Ted Waitt and other executives to prepare news releases and pitches, placing hundreds of articles in the business and IT media, supporting global media tours and product launches.

Michelle holds a BA in business/communications and journalism from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.. Her family farm is located near Vienna, South Dakota. After moving back to South Dakota a few months ago, Michelle is enjoying exploring Sioux Falls and living in the McKennan park area with her two Vizslas.

Location

The Orpheum Theater • Sioux Falls, SD

Schedule

Schedule Details

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

The Orpheum Theater
12:30 PM
Registration Opens
1:00 PM
Opening Remarks
1:10 PM
Melissa Kjolsing Lynch & Luke Kjolsing
Recovree
1:40 PM
Betty Gronneberg
uCodeGirl
2:00 PM
Student Pitches
2:30 PM
Spirit of Enterprise Award
2:45 PM
Break
3:00 PM
Dhiraj Sharan
Query.AI
3:15 PM
Adam Learing
Learn Create Build
3:30 PM
Tamien Dysart & Vaney Hariri
Think 3D
3:50 PM
Speaker TBA
4:15 PM
Entrepreneur Panel Discussion
Moderator: Michelle Gjerde
5:15 PM
Closing Remarks
5:30 PM
Happy Hour

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