About

Emerging Prairie was founded in 2013, by four guys with a dream to turn Fargo into a vibrant startup community. Our mission is to connect and celebrate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Fargo-Moorhead. We do so by operating a wide variety of events and initiatives, such as Drone Focus, the Prairie Den coworking space and 1 Million Cups (1MC) Fargo, the largest and most active 1 Million Cups program in the country. We also operate an online publication that highlights the regions entrepreneurs and innovators that are turning Fargo into a flourishing tech hub.

[Read about us in Fortune Magazine: “Inside Fargo, America’s Most Undervalued Tech Hub.”]

FAQ

What is Emerging Prairie?

What do we actually do? Here’s what “connecting and celebrating” looks like:

Events:

Events keep the energy pumping.  By hosting weekly, monthly, and annual events, we strive to keep the community active and engaged with each other. The best communities are those that support each other, especially those who are taking risks and building their own companies. 1 Million Cups, Drone Focus, E-Commerce Breakfast, TEDxFargo and Startup Weekend are a few events we help organize, that keep creative energy flowing throughout this city.

News:

We cover the startup beat. Everyday we publish an article (or two) about the amazing things that are happening in this entrepreneurial community. Whether it’s featuring local events, startups, or individual entrepreneurs, we strive to keep people informed on the activity in our startup community – with a primary focus on the tech industry.

Programs:

Our programs break down silos.  Currently our biggest program is the annual Intern Experience – a life-changing 8 weeks where interns from all over the area tour local startups, meet seasoned entrepreneurs, and form lasting friendships with fellow interns.

Coworking:

At the Prairie Den, we’re all co-workers. As of 2015, Emerging Prairie decided to run a coworking space! While it was surprise, (even to us) we are so proud of the Prairie Den and what it stands for. Everything in this space, which is run on a membership basis, signifies the incredible support of the community. From eye-popping local art that’s on the ceiling and the walls, to the furniture where freelancers, artists and innovators work, the Prairie den has quickly become a hub of downtown Fargo. Check it out!

Why are you building Emerging Prairie?


Our goal is to accelerate the growth and development of our communities so our region can create, attract, and grow the businesses today that will create its tomorrow.  By doing so, we believe we can create the world’s next best entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Emerging Prairie’s vision is to be a resource that provides:

  • The pulse of entrepreneurial activity in the region – news, advice, feedback, resources, events and talent.
  • A platform on which share our knowledge and success.
  • A network of passionate individuals shaping our region’s future.

What does Emerging Prairie mean?


Our name stems from the activities taking place on the Prairie. There are thousands of talented people building valuable companies, products and technologies in our region. We’re here to support them by telling their stories and exchanging opinions that foster fresh thinking.

Who is your audience?


Our audience is anyone interested in being a part of the entrepreneurial community focused on startups, technology and innovation, and anyone interested in learning about it.
We believe that in order to have a healthy entrepreneurial community, we need a healthy ecosystem of connected resources. This community consists of entrepreneurs, investors, government, universities, students, service providers (lawyers, accountants, marketers, consultants, etc.) and large companies. These participants, working together with shared passion, are vital to the success of an entrepreneurial community.

What type of content do you publish?


The day-to-day content will primarily consist of news and editorials (opinion).  The news is handled by our internal team and the editorials are mostly provided by our outside contributors.

What geographies do you cover?


To start, we are focusing on the greater Fargo, N.D. area – about a 100-mile radius around the metro area.  Once we feel stable as a new publication, we’ll begin to cover Sioux Falls and the Minneapolis/St.Paul area.  If you’re interesting in helping us expand, please contact andy@emergingprairie.com.

What does your logo mean?


The hexagon is representative of a gear and the driving force within technology, innovation and engineering. The two green blades represent growth and our geographical footprint – The Plains.

How can I become an Emerging Prairie sponsor?


Please contact andy@emergingprairie.com to learn more.

Who are your writers/contributors?


Our contributors are entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, developers, designers, students, investors, marketers, lawyers, healthcare professionals, etc.  We do our best to include the entire entrepreneurial community.

How do I become a contributor?


We’re always looking for new contributors at Emerging Prairie. Send us a short email at andy@emergingprairie.com and please include the following:

  • Who you are
  • Why you want to contribute – we’re looking for passion and purpose!!!
  • A sample of your writing
  • Contact information (email and phone number)

What is the Silicon Prairie and our connection to it?


There is no specific definition of the Silicon Prairie, but we like to think of it as a multistate region comprised of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. Emerging Prairie will focus on the northern end (North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota) of the Silicon Prairie.

Silicon Prairie has become a strong brand in the last decade – primarily due to the rise of successful startups in the nation’s Heartland. We’d like to give a big shout-out to the team at Silicon Prairie News – they’ve been a huge catalyst for startup growth in the Midwest and an inspiration to us.

How do I get my ideas, my company, my event, or a friend into Emerging Prairie?

Any other questions?


We’re happy to answer any other questions.  Please email info@emergingpriaire.com and we’ll get back to you ASAP.