South Dakota Innovations
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"Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one."

- Bill Gates

If you have a big idea, Innovative Partners invites you to compete for up to $30,000 in investment capital and business development support to start-up your research or technology-based business.

Students from universities around the country are eligible to compete individually or as a team in the First Dakota National Bank "Student Ventures Program" in the first quarter of each year. Teams may consist of university graduate and undergraduate students, faculty members, industry professionals, and others.

The objectives of the competition are to:

  • Accelerate the concepts of entrepreneurial-minded students; and
  • Generate a return on the investment of the student and investors.

The application review and selection process will be rigorous and highly competitive with a possibility that no applications are selected to receive an investment offer (although we have started many successful companies with students in past competitions). Each offer for investment capital will consist of an amount up to $30,000 and terms consistent with seed stage investment practices.

To apply for the chance to compete, submit the application here or email us at

 Student Ventures Marketing