Buiilding a Tech Ecosystem

Northern Innovation and Startup Center

In collaboration with the Center on Rural Innovation, Northern State University and the Aberdeen Development Corporation acquired the grant for the 2022 Rural Initiative Program. In January 2023 Northern State University launched the Northern Innovation and Startup Center, with a mission to grow and diversify the digital economy ecosystem in northeastern South Dakota.

Take a look at their upcoming workshops and events!

The Northern Innovation & Startup Center strives to build a culture of tech entrepreneurship, create cohesive pathways, and offer events and workshops to help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their concepts into companies. By embracing technology, celebrating innovation, and encouraging a fail-forward mentality amongst entrepreneurs, they aim to strengthen and diversify the economy in Northeastern South Dakota.

The startup center is designed to connect tech innovators and startups with the people and resources they need to succeed. They will offer a variety of services and programming, including mentoring, networking, tech startup workshops, events, and more. These services are available to all community entrepreneurs in Aberdeen and surrounding region. To increase access for busy founders and underserved communities, the Startup Center makes their resources available remotely online.

They are located in Beulah Williams Library on Northern’s campus and are open to the entire community!

What They Do:

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    Events and Speakers: To inspire and educate our community

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    Ideation Workshops: To turn ideas in to viable businesses

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    Tech Startup Workshops: To upskill entrepreneurs

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    Incubator Programs: To nurture young tech startups

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    Champions Network: To connect founders and mentors

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    Coworking/Incubator: To create space to grow and thrive


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Kendra Hinz

Director of Marketing and Special Projects