(605) 696-5600 | 2301 Research Park Way, Suite 146 | Brookings, SD 57006
About Us

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The Research Park at South Dakota State University and Innovation Center are managed by the SDSU Growth Partnership, Ltd.  The Board of Directors delivers both unique insight and experience to the management of these entities.  Their leadership has placed South Dakota State University in a strong position moving into the future.  They understand the importance of how the talent within the university can and will assist the economic growth of business and industry in the region!

The Research Park plays a unique role in science and technology-based economic development.  It provides a central location where the university can help solve problems of industry.  The university is home to some of the most promising minds in the world.  Research faculty and graduate students are available to assist on a wide variety of fronts.  These partnerships are a cornerstone of high-quality research and commercialization opportunities for industry and startup business.

The Park offers up to 125 acres of shovel-ready sites which includes utility, telecommunications, streets and complete infrastructure amenities.  There is lab space available at the Seed Tech Lab, a 30,000 square-foot spec building that can be designed to suit, and 9,000 square-feet of lab space at the Innovation Center.

The Innovation Center is a 43,000 square-foot startup business incubator for early-stage tech and science research firms.  In addition to the aforementioned lab space, the facility provides 18,000 square-feet of office space.  The Center offers conference rooms, smart board technology, free internet, break rooms, and collaboration opportunities. 

Key assets to the Innovation Center are its partners.  They assist clients through the business cycle.  The Small Business Development Center, Enterprise Institute, SDSU Tech Transfer Office and SD Innovation Partners all provide expertise at different stages of business development. 

A global economy encourages businesses to stay on the leading-edge of innovative business models, processes and products.  Collaboration with university research provides distinctive economic advantages.  It has become cost effective for industry to partner with SDSU research faculty and graduate students.  Research and development costs are shared while solving industry issues.  A win-win partnership leads to enhanced technical efficiencies and may create spin-off companies.

The Growth Partnership has successfully developed a centralized location where business and education meet to foster innovation and enhance science and technology-based economic growth.  The Research Park at SDSU encourages these partnerships and collaboration; a place where you can “Grow Your Dreams!”

Dwaine Chapel

Executive Director

Research Park at South Dakota State University