Innovation

The USD Discovery District

The USD Discovery District will create an innovation community bringing together research, education and business to capitalize on the regionĀ“s significant and growing medical and biotech capacity. When complete, the 80-acre Discovery District will consist of 26 buildings totaling 1.16 million sq. ft. of mixed-use private development with a construction value of $314 million.

This investment will show a return during the next program as infrastructure development will start in 2016.

Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship

Forward Sioux Falls is fostering a culture of entrepreneurship through efforts of the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship, an incubation and entrepreneurship program that has helped create 728 jobs paying average annual salaries exceeding $69,000. Through programs like the Accelerator Challenge, which helped 26 companies launch during the current program, and support for events like Innovation Expo, entrepreneurs are able to make connections with their peers and potential investors.

The Forward Sioux Falls 2021 program will establish additional investment funds and programs to help dreamers turn their passion into business reality.