Governor’s Giant Vision Business Competition


The Governor’s Giant Vision Business Competition will give you the opportunity to develop your ideas, write a business plan and make a formal presentation. A panel of business experts will review all entries and select 12 qualifiers who will attend the final competition in Sioux Falls. Qualifiers will give presentations and discuss their ideas with seasoned business and financial experts and other invitees.

The winner will be awarded $20,000. The second place award is $5,000, third place is $4,000, 4th place is $3,000, and 5th place is $2,000. The remaining qualifiers will receive $500 each to help with the expenses of participation. Selection of winners will be based on a combination of the viability of the business proposal, including considerations of potential competition, likelihood of success, market size and profitability. The judges will give heavier weighting to business proposals that have the potential to advance employment or the economic base in South Dakota.


Competition Organizer

Giant Vision Awards

Local US Event
Falls, SD
Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Business - Local U.S.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Technology - Other
Who's Eligible

This competition is open to South Dakota residents with a new business idea or persons with a start-up business presence in South Dakota. If an existing business, you may have been in operation for no more than three years, as of the event date (4/10/12). Also, if an existing business, annual revenues may not exceed $250,000.

If you do not reside in South Dakota or you do not have a start-up business presence in South Dakota, you do not qualify for this competition.

Competition Prizes

1st Place- $20,000
2nd Place- $5,000
3rd Place- $4,000
4th Place- $3,000
5th Place- $2,000

All remaining qualifiers will receive $500 each.