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Exciting Entrepreneurship Opportunity for Graduate Students

Would you like to be paid to work with innovative South Dakota companies while earning your MBA or MPA at USD?

South Dakota EPSCoR Dakota Seeds Graduate Student Opportunity:

South Dakota EPSCoR and private business and research partners, such as Prairie Gold Venture Partners, South Dakota Innovation Partners, Sanford Research and others, are looking for 6-12 curious, motivated, innovative students who are interested in commercialization of technology and entrepreneurship and willing to "learn by doing" as a  graduate student.  The South Dakota EPSCoR Dakota Seeds program will provide graduate students with $16,000 each year for up to two years to work half time with them while in graduate school.   The students will also be encouraged to apply for the Innovation Fellows program which will involve additional educational and networking opportunities for the students as well as an opportunity to have input on management of "Proof of Concept" investment fund.  The Innovation Fellows will receive an additional $1,000 stipend from the NSF EPSCoR program.  Students selected into the program will have the opportunity to work with business partners, assisting those partners in various aspects of commercialization of innovations through new business formation or relationships with existing businesses.

Students either currently in enrolled in graduate school or planning to enroll in the Spring or Fall semester are eligible to apply.  Students must be fulltime graduate students in good standing at a South Dakota University to be eligible.

Desired Qualifications:

Students with undergraduate majors or significant course work in life sciences, technical sciences, or engineering and graduating in December or May are preferred.

Position Description:

Work with business partner personnel to make technology assessments and investment decisions.  Evaluate new technologies and inventions for patentability and commercial feasibility, identify their unique features and benefits, and assess the market need addressed by the invention.  Position involves extensive online research of technologies, company profiles, industry drivers, and scientific and patent literature.  The student will help build relationships with companies who could be potential technology licensees and develop business plans for start up companies to commercialize the technology.  Good communication and writing skills are critical.  Interest in business and/or law is valuable.  Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. 

Applications are available at the Dakota Seeds and SD EPSCoR websites.

For more information, please contact Mel Ustad at Mel.Ustad@state.sd.us.  



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