A passion for entrepreneurship, along with an interest in giving back and investing in the future, are just a few of the reasons Matt and Karine Paulson were selected as DSU’s 2020 Philanthropists of the Year.
Katherine Cota, Director of Economic Development at Dakota State, said the Paulsons have dedicated their lives to helping others through the founding of companies, the creation of an angel fund, working with entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial organizations, and becoming leaders in their church and community organizations.
The Paulsons recently made a donation to help fund an incubator and entrepreneurial center at DSU. Their donation, along with seed funding from the state, helped propel the development of the Paulson Cyber Incubator and Entrepreneurial Center at DSU.
The Center will provide a tech-transfer, entrepreneurship, and business start-up center to work with both intellectual property from the Madison Cyber Labs and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (or CEO) student club at DSU.
The center will also help build research programs, develop businesses, and create jobs to keep computer science and cyber students in South Dakota upon graduation.