Month: March 2015

Startup Weekend Fargo 2015 showcases diverse ideas

It’s late afternoon on Sunday, March 29, and the Fargo Theater is packed with sleep-deprived but excited participants of Startup Weekend Fargo 2015. Teams sit together, talking in hushed voices, practicing their pitches and going over key points. Developers double check their work, praying the apps run smoothly when being used on stage. Presenters take…

This week at 1 Million Cups: Tailgating, Job Board, EarthKind, and Sky Blue Tech

Two Karis are taking the stage this week at 1 Million Cups: Kari Warberg Block, founder and CEO of EarthKind, and Kari Peterson, Presdient and co-founder of Sky Blue Technologies. The first natural solution to pest control Kari Warberg Block started EarthKind when she was forced to face a problem on her family farm: rodents.…

Aviation data management startup Smart C2 moves to Fargo

Despite its reputation as the frozen tundra, North Dakota’s new potential as “the drone state” is making it fertile ground for startups in the UAS industry. Stuart Rudolph, a self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur” and native Bostonian, saw it as the ideal spot to launch his fourth company, Smart C2. Their main product is a browser-based software…

2nd grade teacher wins TEDxFargo Open Mic with pitch on tech in the classroom

Kayla Delzer, a 2nd grade teacher at Westside Elementary School in West Fargo, won the TEDxFargo Open Mic event yesterday evening with a combined total of 629 favorites and re-tweets. Mark Lindquist came in a close second, with 540 total favorites and re-tweets. The voting began when the pitches were given yesterday morning at the…

First ever TEDxFargo Open Mic is unexpectedly snazzy

Betty Dollinger had no idea she would be speaking in front of over a hundred people this morning. She came to watch TEDxFargo’s first ever Open Mic event, where people from all over had signed up to pitch their own ideas worth spreading. Twenty-eight people came and left the stage, before the emcees – Greg…

Appareo Systems and c2renew partner to create biodegradable ag solutions

“Fargo is collaborative, not competitive.” It’s something I hear often. Two Fargo-based companies, Appareo Systems and c2renew, are illustrating that characteristic of our community through a partnership they’ve had for nearly two years. Appareo has designed an acoustic-based monitoring system called the Wireless Blockage Flow Monitor, and they’re using c2renew’s expertise in creating biocomposites to…

President Obama's TechHire Initiative aims to create more tech-savvy citizens

Five days after we wrote about the tech gap in Fargo, on March 9, President Obama announced the TechHire Initiative; a plan that is putting $100 million in grant money towards nationwide efforts to train Americans to be skilled in the tech field. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCzAfztfvvI] The Education The TechHire Initiative is focusing on encouraging cities…

Your chance to speak at TEDxFargo!

Monday is normally when we post about the upcoming speaker at 1 Million Cups – but this week, we’re switching it up a little. This week, in place of the usual 1 Million Cups festivities, we’re having the TEDxFargo Open Mic Event: the first ever chance for anyone to try out to be a TEDxFargo…

7 ways you can start preparing for Startup Weekend 2015

It’s not often you get the chance to build a startup in 54 hours. But at Startup Weekend, that’s exactly what goes down. This year, Startup Weekend Fargo sold out fast and is now just around the corner. On the eve of Friday, March 27, nearly 100 people will gather at the Offutt School of…

Emerging Prairie Internship Experience offers pro tips and community for interns

We are pleased to announce the Emerging Prairie Internship Experience for the summer of 2015! The Emerging Prairie Internship Experience is an 8-week program for interns of startups or tech-based companies to partake in weekly learning sessions, leadership seminars and an epic scavenger hunt of downtown Fargo. “We believe interns are a vital part of…