The Rise of Innovation

Renaming the Black Hills Business Development Center was no easy feat. It took months of work to come up with this new identity that is now Ascent Innovation. Why Ascent Innovation? Where did the name come from?

Innovation in Rapid City is growing.
Ideas from students and community entrepreneurs are igniting.
Connections are happening.
Technology is being created.

It's all happening here, in the mountain west community of Rapid City, a community we call home.

"Ascent Innovation embodies where we are at in Rapid City with regard to building and growing an entrepreneurial ecosystem that rivals any in the Midwest," said Brian Butterfield, Director of Operations at Property Meld – a tenant at Ascent Innovation.

Rapid City has a lot to offer technological industry businesses. Not only is there a world-class school, high-performing technical colleges, and low taxes – life in the Black Hills is relaxed, filled with adventure, and a place where families come year after year.

"There is a rise of innovation happening in Rapid City," said Terri Haverly, Executive Director at Ascent Innovation. "And we are eager to provide the resources at the Innovation Center and the new expansion Campus for technology-based start ups."

Are you wanting to be connected to what is happening here? Let's talk.


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