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That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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Paulson Center

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Paulson Center

Next Generation Entrepreneurs

Dakota State University is dedicated to supporting the growth of the entrepreneurial spirit in South Dakota and beyond – giving the next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to see success.

The Paulson Cyber Incubator & Entrepreneurial Center, along with the Hive Accelerator and Hive Co-working are located in the newly renovated Entrepreneurial Building at DSU. The Paulson Cyber Incubator & Entrepreneurial Center (Paulson Center) is an educational, applied learning laboratory for DSU students and Madison High School students pursuing entrepreneurship through the creation of a new business or organization. Individual students and teams may receive dedicated office space enabling them to concentrate on developing their business concepts in the mixed-use incubator.

In addition to incubation, the Paulson Center offers educational programming (for all of the people of South Dakota – students of all ages, faculty, staff, community entrepreneurs, rural entrepreneurs), workshops, boot camps, conferences, competitions, camps, internships, and more. The Hive Accelerator is for growth-ready companies or existing companies leasing space and the Hive Co-working provides space and services for home-based businesses.

Innovation and impact

Katherine Cota is the Director of Economic Development for Dakota State University. She brings 25 years of experience to the position and has held similar positions at the University of Northern Iowa and California State University Sacramento. Her work involves faculty, staff, student, and community entrepreneurship, innovation, intellectual property, licensing, and commercialization. She has taught academically and non-academically and will bring her extensive portfolio of curriculum and training to DSU to benefit students, faculty, staff, and community entrepreneurs. She has coached businesses, managed equity funds, built or renovated facilities, created programs, and won awards for entrepreneurship. She manages the Paulson Cyber Incubator and Entrepreneurial Center at DSU and helps faculty license or commercialize their intellectual property from their research or MadLabs® programs.

Research and Economic Development

Katherine Cota

Katherine Cota
Director of Economic Development



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Jakob Kaiser (right) is researching hotel safes, with faculty mentor Andrew Kramer. This is one of eleven undergraduate Student Research Initiative grant projects funded this academic year.

Differentiating Research Skills

Undergraduate research provides unique and differentiating skills for students. Dakota State encourages this experience by offering Student Research Initiative grants. Jakob Kaiser, a junior Cyber Operations major, is researching hotel safes with his project.

Dr. Andrew Sathoff advises his research students to make a little progress every day. That momentum builds into publishable work.

Students benefit from publication process

With daily progress researching Aphanomyces (or root rot) in alfalfa over two summers, Dakota State University students Jennifer Giles and Conner Tordsen have gathered enough data and information to submit an article to the journal “Plant Disease.”

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