Month: April 2015

Speaker's Bureau program brings STEM industry to the classroom

David Batcheller, CEO of Appareo Systems, was sitting in a mildly interesting and exceedingly long conference when he recognized a call to action. The attendees – representatives from all the major engineering and tech schools in the area – spent much of the time discussing the relationship between industry and academia. “Academia sees industry as…

Emerging Prairie co-founder Greg Tehven to lead organization

Emerging Prairie co-founder Greg Tehven has officially accepted the executive leadership role within the organization. He will lead Emerging Prairie on its mission to connect and celebrate the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and has committed to a minimum two-year term in the position. “I think the opportunity to build and expand on the growing energy in our…

89-year-old inventor Jim Bastian to present magnetic phone mounts at 1 Million Cups

James Bastian has been an inventor for as long as he can remember. Considering he’s 89 years old, that’s quite a long time – and quite lot of inventions. This Wednesday, Bastian will take the stage as the oldest presenter to date at 1 Million Cups Fargo, presenting his latest endeavor: Magnetic Phone Mount, a…

North Dakota's Operation Intern offers 50/50 match for paid internships

Summer is coming up, and that means warmth, lakes… and interns. We sure do love our interns. In fact, the North Dakota Department of Commerce is once again offering their Operation Intern program, which offers a 50/50 match for paid intern positions. The program adds up to $3,000 per student with a cap of $30,000…

Second annual North Dakota Women's Startup Weekend success

The weekend starts off tentative, expectant. Members of the Women’s Startup Weekend team greet participants and direct them to the taco bar (every good Startup Weekend begins with tacos, it seems.) Groups gather at the tables, often strangers to each other, each curious about what will happen next. “I have an idea, but I don’t…

Renuvix research teams at NDSU are creating biodegradable polymers

We interact with petrol-based polymers with nearly everything we do. Dr. Bret Chisholm, a Senior Research Scientist at NDSU and co-founder of Renuvix, walked the audience through an average morning with polymers during his presentation at last week’s 1 Million Cups Fargo: In the shower, shampoo and body wash use polymers to thicken and lather…

Alkimee's necklace-inspired earphones designed by Shanley High grad

It’s the process of turning something plain into something beautiful. Aiyanna Greene takes those simple, white headphones that she sees slung around people’s necks all the time, and turns them into jewelry by hand-wrapping them in beading wire and attaching a clip-on pendant of her own design. She calls them Alkimees – like alchemy, turning…

Botlink announces 500k investment, launches beta testing today

Local UAS startup Botlink has come a long way since they first announced their drone-tracking application at 1 Million Cups – they officially announced a 500k seed investment that they received last fall, and today they are launching the beta version of their software to some qualified beta testers. “We’re getting a lot of traction…

Vine Rangers lands FAA exemption

Vine Rangers, a startup based in California that will soon be coming to Fargo, received a Section 333 FAA exemption last Friday – making it one of only 16 companies in the nation using drones for precision agriculture to receive an exemption to date. With it, they are now able to legally fly drones and…

Tea-based pesticide by NDSU student works as well as conventional pesticides

Green tea is not often mentioned in the same breath as pesticide. But NDSU sophomore Dre Steinwehr made a connection between the two, and the results won him $1,000 at the Innovation Challenge – and a product that has the attention of local farmers. Steinwehr has been searching for an all-natural alternative to conventional pesticides…