Fellows Selection Criteria

Criteria for Fellowship

The Dakota Rising Fellowship is an opportunity available to second stage entrepreneurs:

  • Whose business:
    • Is located in rural South Dakota
    • Employs at least one employee (PT or FT) or contract labor
    • Has progressed beyond survival.  At a minimum, the business must have filed a business tax return for at least two years (Schedule C qualifies)
    • Has potential to draw from beyond the immediate service area or provide an essential community product or service.
  • Whose applicant is:
    • The owner or primary decision maker
    • A full-time entrepreneur
    • Invested in personal/professional development
    • Invested in the personal/professional development of others
    • Committed to learning and growing
    • Able to be away from the business for three days, four times per year




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