A Review of 2019

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?

auld  noun

\ ˈȯl(d)  , ˈäl(d) \

Definition of auld:  old

Why don't they just say old? What a strange song to sing at the end of a year.

Anyway, it was quite a year and 2020 is shaping up to be even better! It's been my distinct privilege to be on this ride with you for the last year and I'm going to continue to do my best to help all of you. Here are a few of our favorite highlights from the past 12 months.


Q1: A wave of welcomes and graduations

In January, we said goodbye to B9 Creations as they celebrated the opening of their own facility in Rapid City. In the same month, we welcomed two new companies to the Ascent Innovation Center – Omnitech & Nanopareil.

Also in January, DEFENSEWERX's Laurie Moncrieff visited the Ascent Innovation Center. WOW! There are amazing things happening in Rapid City with the national defense industry. We also hosted the Marshal Memorial Fellows (from 8 different countries) in March.

We were featured in the Quarter 1 issue of Boomer Magazine, and we had a great interview with Black Hills FOX News.

In February, Terri went to Pierre for Mines Day at the Capital. What a great day to be a part of! We were privileged to share Ascent Innovation's mission, client stories, and plans for expansion with many local legislators.

And to wrap up the quarter, I joined the team full-time as your Ascent Innovation Client Manager.


Q2: Growth spurt and support for innovation

Kicking off my time at Ascent Innovation, I attended the International Conference on Business Incubation in Minneapolis. And we launched our podcast series of client spotlights!

And, to support the entrepreneurial growth in Rapid City, School of Mines added a new program to their educational offerings: Business Management in Technology.

Ending the first half of the year on an extremely high note, Ascent Innovation was awarded a $3 million federal grant for the expansion in Rapid City.


Q3: A time of celebration

Kicking off the third quarter, Strang Inc. launched a virtual tour of the new campus. SO COOL!

We were honored to support the Startup Weekend of the Black Hills in September. The innovation that our community holds is incredibly inspiring. If you didn't have a chance to check it out in 2019, mark your calendars for 2020! Heck, the Rapid City Journal even asked if the Black Hills were on their way to becoming a tech haven.

The quarter was also a time of growth for many companies, including 7400 Circuits and Freeplay Tech. One month a part, both Andrew and Ed welcomed their daughters into the world. Nanocoatings was also awarded an Air Force SBIR Project

Rounding out the quarter, we announced the contractor for the expansion campus of Ascent Innovation — Scull Construction. And, we welcomed our new President & CEO for Elevate Rapid City, Tom Johnson.


Q4: New beginnings

The biggest highlight of the end of the year was breaking ground for the Ascent Innovation Campus. It has taken a lot of hard work and numerous of people to get to where we are and this was a high point of hard work well done.

October was also the month we announced the exciting news of Bunker Labs coming to Rapid City. This will be an excellent opportunity for veterans and the growth of their business ventures.

Ascent Innovation hosted the Joint Appropriations Committee and clients gave them tours of their spaces. And, we held a Progressive Celebration in honor of new clients, client achievements, and client's new spaces. Speaking of all three - we also had the opportunity to welcome Doug with Full Send Ski Co. to Ascent Innovation.

We were featured on the cover of the Hardrock magazine by SD Mines, and we took some time for fun and held the second annual Ping Pong tournament at Ascent Innovation. Terri was also featured on the cover of the November 2019 Investment Report!

Last but not least, we launched our Building Ascent series on YouTube. Check them out HERE.


Thank you to everyone who has been a part of and/or followed along on our adventures in the past year. We're excited to see what's in store for 2020.



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