Fellows Selection Criteria

Criteria for Fellowship

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

  • Who are committed to growing themselves professionally, their businesses, and the greater community.
  • Whose business:
    • Is located in rural South Dakota
    • Has at least one employee (PT or FT) or contract labor
    • Is beyond the start-up stage, viable, profit-earning, poised for the next level of growth
    • Has potential for providing goods or services outside the local economy and/or is creating something that hasn’t previously existed.
  • That evidence a plan for significant impact as defined by one or more of the following:
    • Job creation (Number and/or Quality)
    • Financial growth (Change in Balance Sheet or Profit and Loss)
    • Effect on local, regional or statewide economy through outsourcing or other supply chain transactions
    • Essential community product or service.