Month: February 2015

Innovation Challenge 2015 Final Awards: the winning teams

The results are in! North Dakota State University’s Innovation Challenge 2015 concluded on Thursday with an Awards Luncheon and a total of $20,000 given to the ten winning teams. The Innovation Challenge began last October where students pitched events, teams were formed, and were then taken through a series of boot camps. Teams were judged…

Vidku startup raises $17 million in 17 days

It took Minneapolis-based startup Vidku only 17 days to raise $17 million in a Series A funding round led by Fargo-based venture capital firm Arthur Ventures, among other investors. The financing is believed to be the largest seed capital raise this year. “Vidku was not your average Series A raise,” said James Burgum, Managing partner…

Emerging Prairie launches campaign to find first Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Emerging Prairie is excited to announce that they are officially launching their campaign to find and hire the first Executive Director of our organization. Details on our job posting can be found at the EmergingPrairie.com Job Board, to which all prospective candidates are invited. Please join us in this process by sharing our job…

Innovation Challenge Awards is today!

All of it – the brainstorming, the bootcamps, the presentations – it all comes down to this. This afternoon, at NDSU’s Innovation Challenge Awards Luncheon at the Fargodome, nine teams be awarded a total of $20,000 in cash prizes, including a People’s Choice award. But everyone knows it’s more than just the money. These students…

Startup Spotlight: Terri Zimmerman, CEO of Packet Digital

You might know Terri Zimmerman as the CEO of Packet Digital. She’s been CEO since September 2013, furthering their mission to achieve power savings through autonomous system-level power management (which results in some awesome projects, like an endless energy solar-powered drone!). You might also know that she previously served as as COO and CFO of…

On My Own video game reaches 100,000 users

Fargo game-makers Kyle Weik and Chad Close saw instant popularity when they released their On My Own video game last January; today, not two months later, their 2D adventure game has now reached 100,000 unique users. “100,000 users is surreal,” Weik said. “But from an early point in release we knew we had hit a…

Cloud-based solution for marketing software is first of its kind

It started over chips and salsa, just a few months ago. Kari Peterson and Amy McKinnon, old friends and long time co-workers at Microsoft, were sitting at Mexican Village and discussing their idea for a cloud-based solution for marketing software using the freshly released cloud computing platform, Microsoft Azure. Both have over a decade of…

Adaptive-track wheelchair developed by college student

Micah Johnson has been in a wheelchair for seven years. He was born with muscular dystrophy and could walk until 9th grade, before a few bad falls made a wheelchair the safer option. But in those seven years, he’s become increasingly frustrated with the poor quality of electric wheelchairs. “I just got a new wheelchair…

RFID tech at North Dakota State makes paper as smart as your phone

Imagine a normal business card; paper-thin, with a logo and a name, perhaps. Now imagine that business card is tagged with near field communication (NFC) and radio-frequency identification (RFID), that would allow someone to scan that card and tap into an even bigger wealth of information about its holder. Portfolios and resumes, for instance; social…

CoSchedule to present at Google Demo Day 2015

Bismarck-based startup CoSchedule has been selected by Google for Entrepreneurs to present in Silicon Valley at Google Demo Day 2015 on April 2. Yes, the same Demo Day that is held at the Googleplex and brings innovative startups from around the country to pitch to the top investors. Google for Entrepreneurs broke the news just a few…