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 ( for more information about the process.

For additional information, please visit Giant Vision Business Plan Competition.

2017 Giant Vision Student Business Plan Competition Winners  

Giant Vision Competition 2017 Provender TechnologiesTie for First Place: 

Tie for first place $4,500: Henry Wegehaupt, Provender Technologies, electrical engineering also participated in the 2016 SD Mines Student Business Plan Competition.

Elevator Pitch — Provender Technologies is from Parkston, SD. Provender Technologies is working to provide automated feeding solutions for cattle operations. According to the USDA Census of Agriculture, sales from cattle and dairy products are increasing while the average age of U.S. farmers also continues to increase. Provender Technologies aspires to help farmers by saving them labor, time, and money and increasing their revenue. This is achieved through innovation and greater efficiency. Provender Technologies’ innovative feed bunk design provides an affordable and reliable automated feeding solution.

Giant Vision Competition 2017 South Dakota Refining CompanyThird Place:

Third ($3,000): South Dakota Refining Company, Scyller Borglum, a P.hD. candidate in geology, and Johnathon Malone (Zack) a senior in geological engineering.

Elevator Pitch — The South Dakota Refinery Company (SDRC) development is a local team bringing technical careers to SD. Over a three-year period, SDRC will complete Phase 1 which includes refinery siting near Mitchell, completion of environmental studies, acquisition of necessary permits, and actively seek investors for Phase 2 which includes the refinery construction and operation. Once built, the SDRC will create temporary jobs during construction and long term careers for operators, engineers and scientists, and everyone in between. Join our team. Invest in a profitable, environmentally responsible and socially developing business adventure. Invest in South Dakota. Invest in SDRC.   
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