Month: June 2015

This week at 1 Million Cups: Drew Spooner, Hammock Initiative

Those who know Drew Spooner aren’t likely to forget him anytime soon. Ask them to describe the 23-year-old Fargo native, and the responses vary across the board – brilliant, funny, motivated, mysterious. He’s known by many as a serial club founder, having launched six different clubs as a student at NDSU. These clubs range from…

The Prairie Den launches funding campaign

There’s a mantra heard often around Emerging Prairie’s offices. It’s something our co-founder, Greg Tehven likes to say: “If a tree is planted and the community doesn’t want it, they will let it die. But if it adds value, the community will water the tree.” The Prairie Den, a new coworking project in downtown Fargo,…

Peanut Buttr app aims to build your relationships

“Who here doesn’t have peanut butter in their kitchen?” asks Jeremiah Utecht from the stage at 1 Million Cups Fargo, on June 17. “And is it because you have a nut allergy?” The crowd chuckles, but not many raise a hand. Peanut butter, Utchet points out, is a staple item in the kitchen. It’s good…

Microsoft is hiring, expanding Fargo campus

Fargo’s tech startup scene is growing, no doubt about it, but the city is also home to some mega-giants in the tech industry that are also seeing some growth. Recently, Microsoft confirmed that they are boosting their sales and marketing teams across the United States, including a large hiring effort on their Fargo campus. “We’re…

NDSU students win OZY Genius award for affordable prosthetic arm design

An engineering team out of North Dakota State University landed one of ten inaugral OZY Genius awards with their design for a more affordable 3D printed prosthetic arm. Their design, which they created for 3-year-old Jameson Davis, costs only $400 dollars compared to similar designs which can retail for up to $30,000. “I think it’s…

1 Million Cups this week: Arday Ardayfio

From being crowned homecoming king at Conocordia College to breaking Guinness World Records for most pancakes served in a given time (35,000 in 8 hours), Arday Ardayfio has no shortage of interesting stories. He’s a native of Ghana and came to Fargo-Moorhead to further his education – he ended up starting a company that provides…

1 Million Cups this week: Martin Olsen, eOne Solutions

This week at 1 Million Cups we’re hearing from a man who gave up the beaches of Australia to run a software development company in Fargo. Martin Olsen, a native Aussie, is the owner and co-founder of eOne Solutions which now has offices in Sydney and Fargo. They’re currently working with over 22,000 companies to…

NDSU business class solves problems for Fargo startups

Rather than studying theoretical business models as usual, Dr. Chanchai Tangpong’s business class at North Dakota State University partnered with Emerging Prairie to use real Fargo startups for their capstone projects this year. The students teamed up to solve problems for two local groups: Girl Develop It and Fargo Game-Makers meetup. Emerging Prairie co-founder Greg…

LeadPages announces $27 million in funding

A few weeks ago, LeadPages CEO and co-founder Clay Collins came to Fargo and spoke about company culture at Arthur Ventures’ Cultivate.you event. Yesterday, he announced that the Minneapolis-based startup raised $27 million in a Series B round of funding, led by Drive Capital with participation from Foundry Group and Arthur Ventures. This brings LeadPages’…

Introducing The Prairie Den: Fargo's new coworking space

It’s official. Emerging Prairie is launching a new coworking space in Fargo, as we announced this morning, June 17, at 1 Million Cups. By community vote, the space has been christened The Prairie Den, and is slotted to open to the public on July 6, 2015. The Prairie Den is located at 122 ½ N.…