Incubation

The Zeal Incubator Program is designed to meet companies at various stages to provide access to programs, mentoring, and education/training.   Start small and grow with Zeal as we support you each step of the way. The Incubation program at Zeal includes:

  • Needs Assessment
  • Introduction to Zeal partners and resources

Acceleration

The Zeal Growth Accelerator program prepares early-stage companies to scale rapidly and seek equity with the goal of achieving two years of strategic growth in twelve weeks. This intensive program includes a one-day kick-off event, and five semi-weekly full-day sessions. The Zeal Growth Accelerator program is currently in progress, with applications for the next session opening up early 2018.

Meet the 2017 Zeal Accelerator participants:

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Education & Collaboration

Starting a business can be a lonely venture.  Zeal provides many opportunities for collision through events, workshops, conferences and programs to plug into.

  • I.N. After Hours (bi-monthly networking event held at Prairie Berry East Bank)
  • Entrepreneurial Insights (bi-monthly event held at Zeal)
  • Dynamic workshops held at Zeal by professional partners, and other local experts

Mentorship

Zeal’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program connects you with seasoned executives and experienced entrepreneurs, including some of our alumni. Zeal EIR’s offer strategic guidance, support, and expert advice.

Funding

Zeal assists our clients with establishing contacts for financing, grant funding, and investment. We have established partnerships with local banks that are ready to serve early-stage companies and entrepreneurs. Additionally, Zeal is an investor in South Dakota Innovation Partners and the Falls Angel Fund, and works closely with Enterprise Institute which manages the South Dakota based angel funds.

Since our inception, Zeal incubator clients have secured more than $172 million in equity funding and have created nearly 750 new jobs.  The Zeal Accelerator program participants have also secured an additional 2.5 million dollars and have created 80 new positions.