Startup Sioux Falls Celebrates Fourth Annual Founders Day


Startup Sioux Falls celebrates fourth annual Founders Day with a full day of events—including the first-ever Founders Forum.

Startup Sioux Falls, the region’s premier startup ecosystem organization, announces its fourth annual Sioux Falls Founders Day (previously referred to as "Entrepreneurship Day") in support of area entrepreneurs. 

The day-long celebration, which will take place on the 8th anniversary of the first 1 Million Cups event, will feature four distinct events:

  1. 9:00 AM - 1 Million Cups  - Museum of Visual Materials
    • One of the early organizers of 1 Million Cups - Sioux Falls, Carla White, will be talking about her latest entrepreneurial venture: Hiro.FM in a special alumni-edition of 1MC.
  1. 10:30 AM - Tour - Milwaukee Freight Depot Building
    • Immediately following 1 Million Cups, the Startup Sioux Falls team will be providing a tour of the Milwaukee Freight Depot building—which will be the new home of Startup Sioux Falls in 2023. Tour group sizes may be limited for safety purposes.
  1. 4:00 PM - Founders Forum - ICON Events Hall
    • Our first-ever Founders Forum will be a panel discussion on the state of the Sioux Falls startup ecosystem with unique perspectives from key members of the community including:
      • Brienne Maner, Startup Sioux Falls - Facilitator
      • Jodi Schwan, Align Content Studio
      • Matt Paulson, Homegrown Capital
      • Vaney Hariri, Think 3D Solutions
  1. 5:00 PM - Startup Social - ICON Events Hall
    • Startup Sioux Falls' signature networking event—the Startup Social—will follow the Founders Forum and will feature free food and drink as well as an opportunity for those in the Sioux Falls startup ecosystem to connect and network with others in our community.

About Founders Day
Founders Day is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship in the greater Sioux Falls area. The event, which takes place each year on the first Wednesday in March, serves both as an opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of 1 Million Cups in Sioux Falls and as a way to celebrate the often under-appreciated founders who help to serve as the backbone of the Sioux Falls economy.

This year will mark the fourth annual Founders Day celebration and will feature surprise announcements and exciting developments about the future of the Sioux Falls startup community. In addition to the slate of events, Startup Sioux Falls will be announcing Founding Member opportunities for their new space, and Sioux Falls founders will be taking over the Startup Sioux Falls social media accounts throughout the day to share their stories as well as their perspective on the future of entrepreneurship in our city.

Those interested in learning more about Founding Member opportunities can sign up for updates on the Startup Sioux Falls website here: Founders Club Updates

About Startup Sioux Falls
Startup Sioux Falls is an ecosystem organization that empowers founders by offering resources to network, launch, and grow their ventures. Over the past two decades, Startup Sioux Falls (formerly the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship) has cemented its role as a central resource for founders in the Sioux Falls metro area.

Startup Sioux Falls offers resources for entrepreneurs including a mentorship networkwayfinding and resource navigation, the CO.STARTERS business accelerator program, and educational and networking events. The organization was also recently selected as 1 of just 51 awardees out of more than 700 applicants nationwide to expand support and resources for underserved entrepreneurs utilizing grant funding through the SBA Community Navigators Pilot Program.

In the next year, Startup Sioux Falls intends to move from its current location to the approximately 5,500 square foot historic depot, completing the transformation from an incubation facility to an ecosystem organization. 
To learn more about Startup Sioux Falls, download the 2020-2021 Annual Report.