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Published June 26, 2013, 04:01 PM

Six companies start SDTBC Accelerator program

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Six entrepreneurial teams have been selected to take part in this year’s Accelerator program at the South Dakota Technology Business Center. These entrepreneurs will spend the next six months preparing to grow their South Dakota businesses and pitch to investors.

By: South Dakota Technology Business Center, South Dakota Technology Business Center

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Six entrepreneurial teams have been selected to take part in this year’s Accelerator program at the South Dakota Technology Business Center. These entrepreneurs will spend the next six months preparing to grow their South Dakota businesses and pitch to investors.

The companies competitively selected to participate in the 2013 Accelerator are: Braced With Style; FarmCast Group; Fointar; Sidewalk Technologies; Nanofiber Separations LLC; and Prom-tect, SD.

The SDTBC Accelerator is a series of monthly, one-day sessions to help entrepreneurs refine their business concept and model, focus on sales growth, and scale their businesses.

“These companies are learning how to be successful from some of the region’s top experts in entrepreneurship, sales, finance, intellectual property, business law and more,” says Pam Boehm, the center’s client services manager. “We are excited to be working with these entrepreneurs and the more than 20 subject matter experts sharing their time and talents to further entrepreneurship in South Dakota.”

Along with the opportunity to learn from, and connect with, great resources, these Accelerator companies compete for portions of a $20,000 pool of funds and in-kind services to help take the next steps in developing their business. The $20,000 will be awarded throughout the six-month program.

The 2013 Accelerator is sponsored by Forward Sioux Falls and South Dakota EPSCoR. EPSCoR is the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research that is funded by the National Science Foundation. For more information about the 2013 Accelerator, visit www.sdtbc.com/accelerator or contact Pam Boehm at (605) 275-8008.

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