Month: December 2014

North Dakota leads the nation in fiber optic access

The cold sure doesn’t slow us down. According to a report released Monday, North Dakota is now leading the nation in high-speed fiber optic access to the Internet. The report was unveiled by Jasper Schneider, acting administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural utilities service, as well as other officials. Creating a high-speed Internet…

December in review

The last month of 2014, come and gone! Although the break from 1 Million Cups may have deprived us of our weekly “church for entrepreneurs,” there was still a lot going on and a lot of growth for Fargo-Moorhead this holiday season. The month kicked off with the biggest hackathon Fargo has seen yet, hosted…

Greg Cant announces this is his last year as Concordia business school dean

On Monday, December 22, Dr. Alan “Greg” Cant announced that he has accepted a new position as dean of the School of Business at Montclair State University in New Jersey, and will be leaving his position as dean of the School of Business at Concordia College. “This is an incredible opportunity that would not be…

Happy Holidays from Emerging Prairie!

Wish lists, shopping stress, and hectic travel plans aside, it’s at last time to sit back and spend some good quality time with family and friends. Oh, and don’t forget to watch  all those good ol’ claymation Christmas specials like The Year without Santa Claus and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. Happy holidays, wonderful EP-ers! [It’s…

Entrepreneurs have wish lists, too!

T’were the days before Christmas, and all through the land, Not a startup was known. No co-founder, no man. “We must counteract!” Exclaimed the Emerging Prairie crew. And so they made a plan, and said “Here’s what we’ll do.” They schemed and they called, soliciting entrepreneurs by night. “We must tell your story,” they said,…

The last Startup Drinks of 2014

That’s a wrap! The last Startup Drinks (SUDs) of 2014 was held this past Wednesday, December 17, marking it as our 15th Startup Drinks ever. Over 80 people gathered at CoCo Fargo, enjoying apps like bruschetta, wild rice, and chocolate truffles provided by Oven Door. And of course, libations. This month the event was sponsored…

702 Communications: your friendly neighborhood Internet rocket fuel provider

Every year, Brian Crommett puts about a million dollars into the ground. As the Sales and Service Manager for 702 Communications, that’s his job. He and his team provide Internet access for local companies via DSL, DSX, OCX, and Ethernet as well as wholesale bandwidth, Long Distance, and fiber transport. Every year, Crommett said, they…

Robots take over Fargo…just for one weekend

If you walked into the Fargo Civic Center on the weekend of December 4 -6, you would have seen a very interesting sight. Robots flooding the main arena on a bizarre looking stage of foam, windmills, and primary colors. Highschoolers running around in business suits, yellow mo-hawks, or tie-dye shirts. Stands filled with observers, participants,…

Botlink to hire 6 new employees, upgrades to bigger office

In the wake of a very successful 1 Million Cups presentation and media coverage both on our blog and in the Forum, drone-tech startup Botlink is now seeing a huge amount of growth. Thanks to a recent investment of an “undisclosed amount” from local businessmen that wish to remain anonymous, according to CEO Shawn Muehler,…

Prairie I/O : Fargo's new tech community umbrella

The first thing you see on the Prairie I/O website are the words, “Welcome to Silicon Prairie.” No, not Valley. Prairie. Sure it may seem like a lofty self-title coming from a smaller city like Fargo, but then again, Prairie I/O* co-organizers Matthew Sullivan and Josh Christy have some lofty goals. Like a few other…