The following awards will be given at Hey Sioux Falls on September 13th, 2018.
New Startup of the Year – This award is given to a new startup that has launched in the Sioux Falls area in the last eighteen months. The winner of this award has achieved exceptional traction and has built the foundations of a business that can stand the test of time. This award celebrates the early stages of entrepreneurship and the hard work and innovation required to turn nothing into something.
Growth Startup of the Year – This award is given to a successful and growing startup in the Sioux Falls area that has launched in the last ten years. The winner of this award has developed a sustainable business model, generated north of seven figures in revenue and continues to show exceptional business growth. This award recognizes the later stages of entrepreneurship and how early traction and wins can develop into a business that is successful for the long haul.
Startup Champion of the Year – This award is given to an individual directly responsible for helping shape entrepreneurial culture and the startup ecosystem in our community. It recognizes a personal commitment and dedication to help grow the Sioux Falls startup community through volunteer work, thought leadership and community leadership.
Investor of the Year – This award is given to an individual or an investment firm that has helped grow the local economy by investing in small businesses and startups in the Sioux Falls area. It recognizes a commitment to investing in local businesses and educating founders about the process of raising money.
Corporate Innovator of the Year – This award is given to a company that has supported the Sioux Falls startup ecosystem through sponsorship, community engagement and volunteer work with local entrepreneurs. It recognizes that there is a shared responsibility among new startups and established businesses alike to grow the local economy and develop the next generation of entrepreneurs in our community.
Social Impact Award – This award is given to a local business or non-profit that has helped solve social challenges in our community through a unique and innovative operating model. It shows that creativity and tackling social issues with new approaches can make cause meaningful positive change in our community.