Take advantage of these activities which can help you develop your business idea and business skills!
- Local organizations including the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and SCORE offer small business education events throughout the year. To learn more about the current offering, visit the SBDC website
- Giant Vision Student Business Plan Competition – Compete for $5,000 to help get your business idea off the ground, due March 10th, 2023. For those selected as qualifiers, the day of competition will be Tuesday, April 25th at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. https://southdakotagiantvision.com/student-competition/application/forms/http://www.southdakotagiantvision.com
- Career and Technical Student Organizations – many include entrepreneurship topics as part of their state competitions typically held in March/April. Such organizations include DECA, FCCLA, FBLA, FFA, and Skills USA. If you don’t have any of these in your high school, ask your principal about starting a chapter!
- Invent 2 Innovate (i2i) Student Competition –business model competition with a high school and college division. Entry deadline is March 10, 2023. There will be a live virtual competition on Friday, April 14, 2023. Click here to view the website for the competition.
- HubCity Cup Show – On Wednesday mornings, one or two early-stage businesses present their companies to their communities. Every event is free and everyone is welcome and invited to attend! Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. https://www.facebook.com/1MCAberdeenSD/
- Dakota State University – business plan competition for high school students. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for 2023 details. Here are some more workshop opportunities from DSU: https://southdakotagiantvision.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Launch-Lab-Schedule-2022-2023.pdf
- SD Fast Launch – designed to assist South Dakota entrepreneurs and small businesses with beginning and expanding their business through the South Dakota Giant Vision Competition and SBIR/STTR funding. Here are the links to their website and flier.
- Congressional App Challenge – A free national digital app competition open to high school and middle school students in SD. Any coding program can be used and there is no restrictions on type of app. They have resources to learn to code and are accepting entries from all skill levels. Learn more here at their website! https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/ The deadline to register is currently closed, but will reopen in the summer. Registration closed for 2022