Supporters of the Sioux Falls startup community will celebrate an emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem at the inaugural Hey Sioux Falls event, which will be held Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Orpheum Theatre. Eighteen finalists have been selected for awards in six categories for building great businesses or pushing the Sioux Falls entrepreneurial community forward. Award winners will be announced at the event.

Award categories and finalists include:

New Startup of the Year
Learn Create Build
Well 365

Growth Startup of the Year
Farmers Business Network
Think 3D Solutions  
Weisser Distributing    

Startup Champion of the Year
Clint Brown
Will Bushee
Karla Santi

Investor of the Year
Bird Dog Equity Partners  
Bluestem Capital Company, LLC  
Falls Angel Fund

Corporate Innovator of the Year
First Bank & Trust   
The First National Bank in Sioux Falls

Social Impact
Face It Together
Helpline Center's Sioux Empire Network of Care
Sioux Falls Seminary