About Zeal

MISSION
To foster entrepreneurship by providing a dynamic environment to grow emerging businesses.

VISION
To create a thriving epicenter of entrepreneurship and pipeline of emerging rapid growth businesses to expand and diversify the Sioux Falls economy.

VALUES
We are passionate, adaptable, fun and rooted in teamwork and integrity.

Zeal represents the Sioux Falls area’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and giving small business owners the tools they need to succeed. From concept to launch, scaling to seeking investors, we have the resources you need to make your vision a reality.

South Dakota Technology Business Center was founded in 2004 as part of the Forward Sioux Falls economic development partnership. At that time, our mission was to assist in creating and expanding technology-based businesses in the Sioux Falls area.

We still serve many technology companies, but we know that the nature of entrepreneurship is broader and the needs more diverse. So in 2016, we renamed ourselves Zeal. We expanded our partnerships with businesses and universities, connected with more area leaders as resources and launched a new co-working program. And we’ve got more plans in the works.

You can find us at 2329 N. Career Ave., adjacent to the Southeast Technical Institute and the south campus of the University Center. We’re within a 10-minute drive from Downtown Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls Regional Airport.

 
 


 
 

Team

Think of our team at Zeal as an extension of your business. We’re here to listen, advise, educate and connect you with a multitude of valuable resources. Here’s a little more about us.

 
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Laurie Knutson

Interim Director
(605) 275-8000
laurie@realzeal.com

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Thadeus Giedd

Client Specialist
(605) 275-8000
thad@realzeal.com

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Valerie Grieve

Administrative Specialist
(605) 275-8024
valerie@realzeal.com


Board of Directors

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Karla Santi, CHAIR

CEO & Founding Partner

Blend Interactive

 
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Chad Hatch

Founding Partner

Bird Dog Equity

 
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Mike Vetter, IMMEDIATE PAST Chair

Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Datasync

 
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Kurt Loudenback, VIce-chair

Owner/CEO

Grand Prairie Foods Inc

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Steve Statz

Senior VP of Business Development

Avera

 
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Matt Paulson

Founder & Chairman

MarketBeat & Falls Angel Fund

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Jason Ball

President/CEO

Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce

 
 

Alumni

They started small and became leading employers and innovators. The alumni of Zeal represent biotech companies, software firms, venture capital groups and other high-growth fields. We’re proud to have helped in their journeys and grateful to continue partnering with many of them in mentorship roles today.

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Alumend

Alumend is a privately held biotech firm developing innovative medical products based on a platform tissue bonding technology. Products will target the tissue adhesive and sealant industry, dermatology, neurology and vascular surgery. This technology will also be exploited for local drug delivery and bulking/reconstructive surgery applications. Alumend was previously known as PhotoBioMed.

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Datasync

DataSync delivers hosted and integrated business applications through its DataSync Suite. The DataSync Suite integrates best-of-class business software and consolidates customer information eliminating the need for dual entry of information. Currently DataSync Suite includes Sugar CRM, Zimbra collaboration software, and QuickBooks.

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DocuTAP

DocuTAP was one of the first clients at the SDTBC when Eric McDonald moved his one-person company into the facility when it opened in 2004. DocuTAP’s electronic medical records and practice management solution is now being used by urgent care clinics throughout the United States. In 2009, DocuTAP was name Incubator Graduate of the Year in the Technology category by the National Business Incubator Association. Today the company has nearly 30 employees and is located in the first building in the Technology and Business Park located just west of SDTBC at 4701 Research Drive in Sioux Falls.


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Meta

MetaBank, through its Meta Payment Systems® (MPS) division, delivers innovative financial products that change the way people use, borrow and manage money. Based in Sioux Falls, S.D., MPS is a recognized leader in the prepaid card industry and provides innovative payment solutions delivered nationally in collaboration with market-leading partners. MPS focuses on offering specific product solutions in the following areas: prepaid cards, credit products, electronic funds transfer and ATM sponsorship.

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McGowan Capital Group

McGowan Capital Group provides venture capital to early-stage and expanding businesses with a focus on regional companies. In addition to capital, they provide their client companies business expertise and advice. Each partner in McGowan Capital Group has more than 25 years experience across a variety of industries, including securities, mergers and aquisitions, banking, energy and private equity.