Month: August 2014

UND School of Entrepreneurship announces new interim director

Former information systems and business communications professor Tim O’Keefe has been appointed the University of North Dakota School of Entrepreneurship interim director. The announcement was made by the school’s Provost, Thomas DiLorenzo, earlier this week. The new School of Entrepreneurship at UND resides within the overarching College of Business and Public Administration. Having officially been…

Regional startups win cash prizes in business pitch contest

Last week marked the end of the Barnesville, Minnesota, Spark Your Startup Business Pitch Contest, with three startups walking away with cash prizes. After an initial round consisting of online applications, judges scored and chose the top five contenders for a new business. The top five, as outlined below, represented individuals and organizations from the competition…

Health Pitch 2014: For risk-takers only

With over 150 community members, health industry practitioners, and potential investors settled into the Stage at Island Park’s rounded seating, 15 entrepreneurs demonstrated their pursuits and deviations from the norm. Health Pitch 2014, graciously hosted for its second year by Family HealthCare in Fargo, illustrated the broad array of Midwest talent in the health and…

Babson MBAs discuss Fargo’s angel fund future

MBA students from the new MBAs Across America program convened at the historic Fargo Theater last Friday to discuss their findings for establishing an angel fund in Fargo. The students have been in Fargo learning about the community, meeting its members through DinnerTies events, and talking with its many entrepreneurial players. The Babson College students spent…

Cogi continues impressing savvy note-takers

Based in California but partnered with North Dakota State University’s Technology Park, the innovative note-taking application Cogi is continuing a revamp of its niche market. Recently, developments have been spurred by third party reviews, including Lifehacker’s decision to rank it as the best voice recording app for Android. Following the well-known website’s high praise, Cogi’s…

RealTruck officially reopens Fargo office Friday

After nearly 5 years, RealTruck.com is officially recognizing its Fargo office once again. As a leading retailer of pickup truck accessories, RealTruck is headquartered in Jamestown, North Dakota, and has been in operation since 1998. The company’s expansion is the result of continued e-commerce success and sales growth over recent months. Although employees have been…

Top five takeaways from TEDxFargo: On Purpose

It has been a week and a half since Fargo’s most recent TEDx proceedings finished which seems to be enough time for all the ideas presented to fully sink in. The full-day conference featured over 20 speakers from across the country, as well as two quintessentially Fargoan hosts (many thanks to Julie Peterson Klein and…

North Dakota based company lands UPS campaign

For RealTruck.com, a North Dakota-based pick-up truck accessory company, an exciting new opportunity has emerged with one of their crucial partner companies, UPS. A recent 1 Million Cups presenter, RealTruck.com has been ranked the 20th fastest-growing online retail outlet in North America. With over 60 employees and over 500,000 accessories, they are attracting attention for…

Startup Community Spotlight: Collaboration

This article is a re-post from our friends at Fargo Monthly.  Each Month, Emerging Prairie Co-Founder, Greg Tehven, offers his thoughts on our local startup community. (Featured photo by Dan Francis.) What does one plus one equal? It’s one of the most basic mathematical equations. However, I believe many people don’t take the time to think…