The Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program brings seasoned entrepreneurs to SDSM&T with a focus on new venture formation based on technology created through SDSM&T’s extraordinary research. These world class business executives and serial entrepreneurs mine our wealth of technologies for latent opportunities to create or expand business enterprises. Our Entrepreneurs are experienced at developing business plans, acquiring financing, scale-up manufacturing and seeking out appropriate management to begin operations. Working closely with the Office of Economic Development, SDSM&T EIRs meet regularly with faculty to evaluate startup opportunities and assist in driving innovation to the market.
Our EIR’s proven track record of success in business creation offers another path to successful commercialization of SDSM&T innovative research. As evidence to the success of the recently launched program, a School of Mines Entrepreneur-In-Residence has won the South Dakota Governor’s Giant Vision Business Plan Competition for last two years running with technology created at SDSM&T.
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