Who We Are?

We are here to help founders...

Our Mission

We formed at the Brookings Innovation Campus with the mission to help founders jumpstart their ventures. We want to help founders find the shortest path from “idea” to “business”.  And not just that: but help founders connect with each other, with mentors, and for the serious ones, investors too. Our board is comprised of successful founders and insightful advisors – so you can be assured your pitch or idea will be reviewed with solely “merit” in mind. So come on board, and start your success story here!


Dwaine Chapel

Dwaine Chapel Mr. Dwaine Chapel is the Executive Director of the Research Park at South Dakota State University. Mr. Chapel previously served as the Executive Director of the Madison-based Lake Area Improvement Corporation since 2006, where he worked closely with state legislators, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and members of South Dakota’s congressional delegation on economic development and growth in the area. Dwaine is a South Dakota State University graduate, with a master’s degree in Industrial Management from the College of Engineering.