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Join us at Startup Sunrise, where early risers in the startup world come together to network and ignite their entrepreneurial journey!

When: Every first Wednesday of the month, 8:00am – 9:15am

Next Event: Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Where: Startup Sioux Falls, 100 E 6th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Startup Sioux Falls invites you to a morning of inspiration and connection at our monthly event, Startup Sunrise. Each month, two startup founders or business leaders will briefly share their journey, followed by a facilitated conversation. Startup Sunrise transforms early mornings into a vibrant environment to connect, learn, share ideas, and problem solve with the brightest minds in our community!

This Month’s Topic and Speakers:
In May, we look forward to hosting Biotech with featured speakers Tung Nguyen and Craig Arnold.
Learn more about Tung and Craig below!

8:00am: Coffee – Connect over a cup of ‘Rise & Shine’ by The Source, roasted exclusively for Startup Sunrise.
8:30am: Performance by Nathan Hults, the featured artist for the Washington Pavilion’s monthly Live & Local series.
8:35am: Founder Stories – Hear 3-minute presentations from two founders or business leaders, followed by a conversation facilitated by Joni Ekstrum, executive director of SD Biotech.
9:15am: Event concludes, but FREE coworking begins (9:15 am-Noon)

Who should attend?
Founders, innovators, community leaders, and creatives who want to support each other and network
Community builders who want to be involved in contributing to the startup community
Individuals that have experience in the industry or topic of the month

Why Attend?
Startup Sunrise is your opportunity to kick-start your day with a punch of inspiration and a side of connection. A little bit of what you can expect:

  • Be inspired by the stories of startup founders and engage in conversations that move our community forward.
  • Face-to-face networking with like-minded people
  • A supportive environment willing to help you take your next step as a founder

About Tung Nguyen, Thel & Worksleeve
Tung is a Partner and VP of Engineering at BlueSky, where he leads the development of a revolutionary rib fixation technology aimed at accelerating recovery from chest wall injuries. With a background in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, Tung brings a unique blend of technical expertise and business savvy to the table. Since 2022, he has been driving the company’s mission forward by spearheading design efforts, evaluating manufacturing partners, securing grants, and building vital relationships within the healthcare industry. Together with Dr. Steven Briggs, BlueSky’s founder, Tung is committed to transforming orthopedic care by introducing a minimally invasive rib fixation device that promises shorter hospitalizations, increased patient comfort, and superior outcomes, particularly for those with traumatic chest injuries.

About Craig Arnold, Dakota BioWorx
Craig is a seasoned technology and innovation leader with a keen eye for identifying promising new research and driving business growth. With a proven background in pilot scale-up biotechnology, he specializes in partnering with innovators and visionaries to bring their new ideas to market. His expertise spans diverse sectors, from nanotechnology, biotechnology and commercialization of university technology, where he has demonstrated ability in navigating partnerships, investment channels, and processes. At Dakota BioWorx, Craig leverages his experience to harness groundbreaking concepts and propel them towards commercial viability, always keeping a sharp focus on delivering value to both clients, consumers, and investors.

Entry Instructions:
Please enter the building from on the east side of the building, directly adjacent to the parking lot.
If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact the Startup Sioux Falls office at 605-275-8000.

Parking Instructions:
Free and paid parking is available throughout the area. Please refer to this parking guide.

We’d like to thank our Builder Level Sponsors for making this event possible: Boyce Law Firm, Bruce Watley (USF Entrepreneurial Studies Program), Eide Bailly, First Bank & Trust, First National Bank in Sioux Falls, First PREMIER Bank, Homegrown Capital, MarketBeat, Midwest Employee Benefits, Sanford Health Plan, SDSU Ness School of Management & Economics, Tiger29, Voyage Federal Credit Union

Questions? Contact:
Sara Lum