Month: April 2014

Innovate ND announces competition for $21,000

The North Dakota Department of Commerce has announced a competition on May 30 in Bismarck during which $21,000 will be up for grabs. The Innovate ND Idea & Venture Competition allows interested entrepreneurs to compete in one of two fields during the full-day event: ideas and ventures. Those in the Idea Competition should working on…

Discuss mobile tech Wednesday night

Emerging Prairie and Myriad Mobile are bringing you this month’s Mobile Tech Meetup, this time featuring two guest speakers and a discussion pertaining to the Internet of Things. Join Ryan Hatfield and Sri Kadimisetty, among others, for this conversation on Wednesday evening at 5:30 PM. What is the Internet of Things? Here’s a snapshot of…

1 Million Cups continues with Melville Kids Studios

There seems to be a theme developing at the weekly 1 Million Cups Fargo events: the entrepreneurs featured are focusing on younger and younger consumer audiences. Scott Anderson, founder of Melville Kids Studios, joined Fargo community members last Wednesday to discuss the Melville Kids Chair, an easy to assemble multipurpose chair for toddlers. The full…

Emerging Prairie welcomes Stanford/Harvard team members

Just as the entirety of Fargo’s entrepreneurship community is developing, so is the Emerging Prairie team. We’re welcoming Maneesh Apte and Mark Staples, two new team members who will be working with us over the summer, to continue our current trajectory. Below is a little bit about these two individuals – if you are at…

Fargo high school senior invents GoPro accessory

As a senior at Fargo North High School, John Daly has already stopped relying on the overarching marketplace to provide everything he wants. At the age of 18, this soon-to-be Bison is attempting to kickstart his own product. He is doing this with Pro Aim, an accessory for the GoPro camera that allows users to…

Startup Community Pillars: Myriad is mobilizing

This feature was written by Conner Scott, an Emerging Prairie contributor and NDSU student. Jake Joraanstad and Myriad Mobile are considering it their personal responsibility to make the Fargo-Moorhead area a great community. They aim to support the community they love, not only through the success of their business, but with the utilization of the…

NDSU grad acquires over $7 million in funding with Storefront

San Francisco-based startup Storefront has finished its Series A investment round with a total of $7.3 million raised. The company was formed approximately two years ago by Erik Eliason and Tristan Pollock as a way for retail space operators to rent out space – be it a kiosk at a fair or an entire store…

1 Million Cups goes back to school with BreadVault

Emerging Prairie guest writer Conner Scott is at it again, this time with his thoughts on last week’s 1 Million Cups Fargo event. Those who attended 1 Million Cups Fargo last Wednesday may have been surprised to be going back to middle school for the morning. Ross Almlie from BreadVault and Dave Carlson from Oak…

Fargo's Startup Weekend 2014 promotional video

Friends at Grassfire Studios made a killer video commemorating Fargo’s 2014 Startup Weekend which took place throughout the FM area this past March. In the span of 54 hours, almost 90 participants made over 50 pitches for new businesses which resulted in the refinement of 10 ideas. Ranging in usefulness – from the sought-after steins…

World's largest for-profit healthcare facilities operator invests in Intelligent InSites

The Intelligent InSites team has revealed even more promising information this week. Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), an entity operating over 160 hospitals and over 100 surgical centers globally, has just made a strategic investment in the company. As a corollary of this investment, HCA’s President of the National Group, Chuck Hall, will join Intelligent…