University resources to support regional industries.
Innovate SoDak is a program focused to boost economic development by encouraging businesses and communities to explore creative solutions with university technology, faculty expertise, and student talent. SDSU, Brookings Economic Development Corporation, and the Research Park have partnered to bring these resources to rural communities and businesses across the state. Our teams will collaborate with you through each step of the project to enhance a product, business resource, or community need.
looking to start a business or a business owner looking to take the
next step in revolutionizing your business processes, you can utilize Innovate SoDak’s services! The program currently has special interests in these fields but can assist other companies as well.
Here are some guidelines to help you determine if your project may be a fit for the program. All projects are unique, and the criteria below is suggestive. Any business or community can submit a project idea!
You are a business or community within South Dakota.
You are a community with a population of 50,000 or less or a business with 500 or less full-time employees.
Have a critical need you may require assistance solving.
Have an estimated timeline of 6 month or more for completion.
How We Can Help You
Innovate SoDak has partnered with entrepreneurs, businesses, and community organizations to identify technical solutions and growth opportunities to advance the organization’s business initiatives.
electronic design alternations
assistance with identifying funding sourcing
product analysis for process improvement
systems studies - i.e., transformers heat study
We are passionate about helping communities and businesses solve problems by providing tools and expertise that might otherwise be unavailable. Check out some of our pas projects to see how we might help you!
Looking to commercialize their research, Pioneer Biotech utilized our services to improve their protein purification processes for canola meal. We also helped them model different mixing conditions in fermenters, a project that was crucial for their scale-up work.
LifeScape needed a system for the coordination of assistive devices that assess and address air quality in their facilities. They contacted us to help design this system. Thus far, the devices have improved the air quality in their facility making it a safer and more enjoyable space for their clients.
How the Application Process Works
Does your business need assistance with designing a product, accessing cutting edge technology, gathering data, or other processes? Submit an application at the link below to see if Innovate SoDak can assist you. The application requires some information about your business and/or community as well as the problem you are facing. Once you have applied, we can assess how we can provide aid so we can begin a conversation about how we can help!
Click on the “Apply Now” button to submit an application for assistance.
Allow us two weeks to review your application.
We will reach out within the two week time period if we can assist with your problem!