Giant Vision Competition
The SD Governor's Office of Economic Development hosts the
Giant Vision Business Plan Competition each year to encourage both business and student entrepreneurs to build their dreams in South Dakota. Contact Joseph Wright (
firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about the process.
2016 Giant Vision Student Business Plan Competition Winners
Place: Botanical Extraction Technology
First place winner and a $5,000 prize in the student competition was awarded to Botanical Extraction Technology, Aaron Worlie, chemical engineering, Conde, S.D., and Erica Howie, industrial engineering and engineering management, Rapid City, S.D., all undergraduate students
(supercritical CO2 extraction systems). Botanical Extraction also participated in the 2015 SD Mines Student Business Plan Competition in (currently known as the CEO program).
Elevator Pitch —Botanical Extract
Technologies is a South Dakota based company that specializes in design and
manufacturing of Supercritical Fluid Extraction systems and high purity
botanical products. These products range from common household goods such as
cooking oils, ointments & creams, all the way to developing markets such as
high purity pharmaceuticals and hops oils for craft brewing. These products are
often acquired using dangerous, volatile or toxic chemicals, or are acquired
using technology with very low yields. BET is designed around using
Supercritical CO2 to extract the desired components from plant matter in order
to gain the purest form of the end product. BET will be a pioneer in innovative
applications for Supercritical fluid extractions and will provide customers with
efficient, clean and economical separations tailored specifically to their
Place: Endlas (banner photo above)
2nd place in the business competition and a $10,000 prize was awarded to Endlas LC (laser classing/strengthening), Joshua Hammell, mechanical engineering, Evansville, Wyo., James Tomich, materials engineering and science, Farson, Wyo., and Brett Trotter, mechanical engineering, Rapid City, S.D. Endlas also participated in
the 2015 SD Mines Student Business Plan Competition.
Elevator Pitch —Endlas will provide
laser cladding services that combat the effects of wear, corrosion, and
friction. We will service markets such as oil & gas, mining, and metal
forming through a need based coating process, sales of robust processing
components, and professional consulting services. Novel materials and
tailor-made equipment are examples of how Endlas will provide unmatched value
to our customers.
(Read press release)