Startup Weekend Black Hills will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, with business pitches beginning at 8 p.m. at Evergreen Media, 329 Main Street. Local businesses, nonprofits, startups, and SD Mines students will come together for the weekend to pitch ideas, form teams, create and validate a business plan, and pitch their newly formed startups to a panel of local entrepreneurs and investors. The 54-hour event will run all day Saturday and close with final pitches at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Evergreen Media. 

On Saturday afternoon at Evergreen Media from 1-4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., mentors who are local entrepreneurs in fields ranging from engineering to advertising will advise teams one-on-one, asking the right questions, facilitating them through difficult decisions, offering resources and tools and helping them build the skills needed to compete.   

Sponsors include: Simpsons Printing, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Ascent Innovation, Elevate Rapid City, West River Business Center, Evergreen Media, Philly Ted’s, Fork Real, 77 Digital, Launch Collective, Brian Rupert Web Design and Jackalope.

Startup Weekend has held nearly 3,000 events in over 150 countries around the world. Visit our website to purchase tickets or for more information: and use code: RCJournalLove for $25 discount on tickets.



Dani Mason

(605) 430-3612

About Startup Black Hills

Startup Black Hills facilitates collaboration, mentoring, education and investment and is focused on turning ideas into action to increase economic prosperity in the Black Hills. Find us online at our website and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • Occurred Friday, September 13th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Occurred Saturday, September 14th, 2019 — all day
  • Occurred Sunday, September 15th, 2019 — all day


Evergreen Media

329 Main Street
Rapid City, SD 57701