Month: January 2015

Emerging Prairie's January in Review

If the rest of 2015 is like this first month, we are in for an extraordinary year. January was a month of breaking records, getting connected, and celebration- often with all three woven into one. 1 Million Cups Fargo celebrated its first birthday on Wednesday, January 29 (I’m sure you heard about it because we…

NDSU students are re-inventing the clothes hanger

Personally, I’ve always fostered a strange hatred for clothes hangers. Big comfy sweaters slide off and end up on the ground. Too many in a bunch, and they become a merciless knot of clunky plastic. And I’m not the only one; I’ve read about others, heard murmurs, of those that share this bitterness towards the…

30 companies looking for Fargo interns

Attention all students, recent grads, and anyone looking to get some professional experience! In addition to celebrating the 1st birthday of 1 Million Cups Fargo this morning, we also held an internship event, where local companies could present internships they are looking to fill and connect with anyone interested afterwards. All in all, we had…

Startup Spotlight: Kirk Anton

Not many grown men can say they have willingly recieved a pedicure in which their toenails were painted purple. But Kirk Anton can. Kirk is a Fargo-Moorhead native and founder of Heat Transfer Warehouse, a local startup that makes digital prints for textile decoration. He’s the kind of guy who would get a pedicure, just…

Fargo startup's new video game On My Own played around the world

Something about being a philosophical backpacker stranded in a forest, completely dependent on survival skills, must have a global appeal. This is the basic premise for video game On My Own, a newly released from Fargo game studio startup Beach Interactive, designed by UX graphic designer Kyle Weik and Myriad Mobile programmer Chad Close. On…

Help University: making broke college students…not so broke.

Ask your average college student about their current financial situation, and it’s likely not a pretty picture. Not many students would turn down the opportunity to dog-sit or shovel snow for a little extra dough. This is exactly what Zak Fick realized during his undergraduate studies at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota, and what…

Beach Interactive welcomes new web design intern

Fargo-based game design startup Beach Interactive has a new member on the team! Meet Sam Szczesny, a Minnesota State University Moorhead student who joined co-founders Sarah English and Kyle Weik as their web design intern this week. English met Szczesny and her MSUM professor Alex Fogarty at the Hack Fargo hackathon in December, where they…

Vote for your favorite idea at NDSU Innovation Challenge semi-finals

The NDSU Innovation Challenge is entering its final stages, as students with innovative ideas continue to compete for a total of $20,000 in cash prizes. On January 27, this Tuesday, the 27 semifinalist teams will present their ideas to a panel of judges and to anyone else interested in attending, to compete for a People’s…

Dante Battocchi leaves NDSU, joins Elinor Specialty Coatings full-time

Local entrepreneur Dr. Dante Battocchi is joining his wife Holly Anderson Battocchi to work full-time as the Chief Technology Officer of Elinor Specialty Coatings LLC. Dr. Battocchi leaves behind his job of 8 years as Associate Director of Center for Surface Protection Coatings and Polymeric Materials at North Dakota State University. “After years of working…

dogIDs wins Happiest Company in TINYpulse 2015 Awards

dogIDs is certainly off to a very PAWsitive start to 2015 (pun entirely intended)! On January 8, 2015, the Fargo-based startup that makes personalized dog products, was awarded Happiest Company in the 2015 TINYpulse Awards. TINYpulse is a startup launched in 2012 that allows for companies to keep track of employee happiness and productivity by…