September 29, 2023
This paid piece is sponsored by Startup Sioux Falls.
The first Wednesday of every month, Startup Sioux Falls hosts an exciting event aimed at connecting and inspiring local entrepreneurs: Startup Sunrise.
“When we retired 1 Million Cups in 2022, we decided to take the time to evaluate the evolving interests and needs of the startup community before launching a new event,” said Sara Lum, vice president from Startup Sioux Falls.
“With Startup Sunrise, we hope to create a gathering for entrepreneurs to connect over coffee, learn from the experiences of other founders, and find inspiration to continue the hard work of building a business.”
The event opens at 8 a.m. with a half hour dedicated to coffee and socializing. Attendees can start their day with the complimentary Rise & Shine coffee blend, provided by The Source and roasted exclusively for Startup Sunrise.
Each month, Startup Sunrise features a local entrepreneur as a greeter, there to welcome guests and facilitate connections. The inaugural gathering on September 6 featured brand photographer and creative educator Maddie Peschong as greeter.
Each event also includes a local arts element, through a partnership with Washington Pavilion’s Live & Local series. September attendees were treated to a preview performance of hip-hop artist Gabriel Night Shield.
Once everyone has had a chance to stock up on coffee, the agenda shifts to founder stories. Two founders or business leaders share five-minute presentations, followed by a lively conversation on the theme of the month. The September event focused on the theme “Igniting Innovation” and speakers included Melissa Goodwin, Executive Vice President of Innovation Labs, and Peter Burghardt, Executive Director of The Batchery.
Andy Ott, founder of IT company Verity Networks, appreciated the value these intentional elements provided.
“Startup Sioux Falls brings together a huge and diverse group of entrepreneurs at its events, and I’m excited to meet them so we can continue the conversation between founders,” Ott said. “The community the Sioux Falls startup created will likely be one of the most important factors when I look back in 10 years and consider how Verity Networks got to where it is.”
Startup Sunrise will focus on a specific topic or theme each month – the October Event is dedicated to evolving family businesses, with speakers Anthony “AJ” Saigh, chief financial officer of Burwell Enterprises Inc., and restaurateur Riccardo Tarabelsi, whose businesses include R Wine Bar and Maribella Ristorante.
Other upcoming themes include Builders, Health and Fitness, Coding, and New to Sioux Falls.
Once the conversation is over, attendees are invited to stay to work for free until noon – a great opportunity to check out the space and see what it’s like to be a Startup Sioux Falls member.
“Startup Sunrise was created to fuel innovation, forge new partnerships and connections, and drive problem solving using the latest technological advancements,” said Brienne Maner, president of Startup Sioux Falls. “We can talk abstractly about innovation and technology until we’re blue in the face, or we can choose to engage like-minded change agents who share a common passion for implementing solutions. »
Don’t miss the next Startup Sunrise on Wednesday, October 4. Register for free here.
Startup Sunrise is sponsored by Startup Sioux Falls Builder Level Sponsors: Boyce Law Firm, USF Entrepreneurial Studies Program, Eide Bailly, First Bank & Trust, The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, First PREMIER Bank, Homegrown Capital, MarketBeat, Midwest Employee Benefits, Pendar Properties, Sanford Health Plan, Tiger29 and Voyage Federal Credit Union.