Overview

October 20, 2020

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

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Mike Kmetz

Mike Kmetz

Teton Simulation
Mike Kmetz has been building businesses in Wyoming since the start of Ides Inc. in the late 80’s. Following the acquisition of Ides Inc. to UL, Mike has been a serial entrepreneur and a part of several projects and initiatives in the Laramie, WY area. Mike is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Teton Simulation. Started in 2016, Teton is an advanced software simulation company helping clients reduce the cost of producing quality 3d printed parts.
Shon Anderson

Shon Anderson

B9Creations
Prior to joining the B9Creations team in October 2014, Shon spent nearly 20 years growing, developing and leading businesses in the clean tech industry. He worked for small regional firms and fortune 500 companies, aligning and growing businesses around new market opportunities with a track record of growing businesses from $5M to $250M+. B9Creations was named to the 2020 Inc. Magazine 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies List and is a global 3D printing solutions provider.
Emma DeVos

Emma DeVos

Innovative Nonprofit LLC.
Emma DeVos is CEO of Innovative Nonprofit LLC., based in Mitchell, SD. Innovative Nonprofit provides donor management and stewardship software, consulting, and educational opportunities for nonprofits and higher education organizations. Emma has held roles in management and marketing for private and public-sector organizations in the US and UK, with a focus on technology and innovation.
Paul Thorstenson

Paul Thorstenson

Ketel Thorstenson
Paul joined Ketel Thorstenson in 1986. He has had the pleasure to follow in his father’s footsteps (Bud Thorstenson) in the leadership of the firm. He is a partner in the Rapid City office, and previously served as the CEO of KTLLP’s executive partner committee. To those who know him, Paul is eager and excited to assist clients with complex tax issues and strategic business planning. Paul mentors the Business Valuation Niche and has experience providing courtroom expert testimony.
Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson

Able Brewery & Omnia Fishing
Matt is an entrepreneur and investor located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Matt co‐founded Contour Innovations in 2010 and was the CEO through fundraising and acquisition by Navico, Inc. in 2014. Matt is also the co-founder of Able Brewery in Minneapolis and co-founder/CEO of Omnia Fishing. Omnia has raised over $2.5m in seed and venture funding to date and offers the first lake specific ecommerce shopping experience for fishing gear.
Jason Combs

Jason Combs

National Security Innovation Network
A decorated servicemember, Jason Combs has over 25 years of service in the Department of Defense. Jason is currently Program Director at SDSM&T for the National Security Innovation Network. THE NSIN’s mission is to build networks of innovators that generate new solutions to national security problems." NSIN is headquartered in Arlington, Va., and has regional offices in 11 commercial innovation hubs throughout the United States.
Brian Rupert

Brian Rupert

Startup 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 his 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 20th, 2020

Holiday Inn - Rushmore Plaza
12:30 PM
Registration Opens
12:55 PM
Welcome to Expo!
1:00 PM
Mike Kmetz
Teton Simulation
1:30 PM
Shon Anderson
B9Solutions
1:45 PM
Emma DeVos
Innovative NonProfit
2:00 PM
Student Pitch Competition
2:30 PM
Spirit of Enterprise Award
2:45 PM
Paul Thorstenson
Ketel Thorstenson LLP
3:00 PM
Matt Johnson
Omnia Fishing
3:15 PM
Jason Combs
National Security Innovation Network
4:00 PM
Entrepreneur Panel Discussion
Moderator: Brian Rupert
4:45 PM
Closing Remarks

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