Governor’s Giant Vision Business and Student Competition Winners Announced

Sioux Falls, SD – As host of the Governor’s Giant Vision Business Awards Program, South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry President David Owen announced the top winner of the 2014 business and student business competitions during the GOED Conference banquet in Sioux Falls.
After a preliminary judging process that reduced the field of applicants to 10 qualifying business and 13 qualifying student entries, the competition concluded with day-long judging activities Tuesday, April 15 at the Ramkota in Sioux Falls.  The awards were presented as part of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) banquet with Governor Dennis Daugaard presenting the top prizes in both competitions.  The following were selected as the 2014 Governor’s Giant Vision winners.  Each includes the competitor’s “elevator pitch” that explains their business.

The first place $20,000 winner was Nanofiber Separations, Craig Arnold and Dr. Todd Menkhaus, Rapid City 
Dr. Todd J. Menkhaus and Dr. Hao Fong co-founded Nanofiber Separations on the South Dakota School of Mines Campus in 2011.  Dr. Menkhaus leads separations analysis and characterization developments. Dr. Hao is a world expert in nanofiber electrospinning.  Craig Arnold joined the company as CEO in 2014.  Mr. Arnold leads the company’s commercialization efforts. read more