Startup Weekend Comes to Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The folks at Forbes Magazine said it themselves: Sioux Falls is officially the number one small city for business and careers. Sioux Falls is celebrating its fourth startup weekend this weekend.

John Meyer has been an entrepreneur for 9 years and says his home of South Dakota is the future.

“Yeah I think it’s important for people to see startup communities around the country and realize that we can build that right here in Sioux falls as well,” Meyer said. “We have the resources. We have the talent and we can do it.”

Here’s how it works.

40 people come together and pitch ideas for the next big app, company, or invention. 6 of those get the green light then everyone breaks into teams.

“Just like people right, so people start as little babies and they grow up, so a startup is like a baby company just waiting to grow,” said Meyer.

The teams have just 48 hours to turn their idea into a reality.

“I mean, it’s amazing right?” said Meyer. “It’s something that you take an idea in your brain and then you see it working on a computer or you design a logo and now you’re printing posters to go hand out to customers.”

Startup weekend has made a name for itself in 1,200 cities around the world.

“It’s actually pretty cool,” said Carly Kewley, a first-time participant. “My friend Josie and I signed up for this. We had no idea what to expect. This is our first time doing this. We’re like eh, small business startup we don’t know what to expect.”

The grand prize is a package to keep your startup going strong. It includes a membership at Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship and consulting from an accountant and lawyer.

“Both of us were like ‘this is actually really exciting,’” said Kewley. “It’s really cool.”

Meyer hopes to grow the competition in Sioux Falls for years to come.

“And that you can do it right here in South Dakota, right here in Sioux Falls,” said Meyer. “It’s a lot of pride and joy.”

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