Invent-2-Innovate Tests Young Entrepreneurs

Image Invent-2-Innovate 2016. i2i at Beacom School of Business helped young entrepreneurs work on their skills.

VERMILLION, S.D. — High school and college teams earned prizes and honed their entrepreneurial skills at the i2i (Invent-2-Innovate) Business Model Competition at the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business.

The goal of the competition held last weekend was to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to take action on their ideas by conducting mini-experiments to validate their assumptions. Four teams from Vermillion and Yankton high schools and eight teams from USD competed separately.

The high school winners: first, R3D Inc. (Bryce Jensen and Rayden Terca), Yankton; second, Thing-A-Finder (Kaya Lewis, Fatima Alemam and Lilliana Foster), Vermillion; third, TayBro Yoga Mats (Taylor Tarr and Brooklyn Hansen), Vermillion.

Collegiate winners: first, (Monte Carda); second, Rootein (David Saldana Rico); third, Bookster (Clark Haugen).

Crowd favorite: Cool-O-Wave (Macy Winslow, Victoria Callegari, Kailee Brinkmann and Jane Ni Struckman-Johnson).

The event speaker was Mel Ustad, USD alum and director of commercialization for the state of South Dakota.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News