Month: August 2015

No more frozen pizzas : Fargo startup hopes to transform fundraising

Local entrepreneur Mark Teckenburg has developed a system that may eliminate the classic door-to-door method of youth fundraising. You know the drill. You’re fundraising for your school band/sports team/youth group and you end up going to your neighbor’s and asking if they’d like some cookie dough/wrapping paper/kettle corn. For Teckenburg and his son on the…

PODS Game Design Kickstarter successfully funded

Dave Binkard and his wife Sammie can begin teaching game design classes this fall, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign that earned them $3,300. Not only was their campaign fully funded, but they exceeded their original goal of $2,500 by $800. (That’s math!) Backers will receive awards like PODS magnets, T-shirts and can coozies. The…

State of Technology 2015 proves North Dakota is not messing around

For the first four hours of yesterday morning, August 26, hundreds of people had their minds blown at the fifth annual State of Technology event hosted by Senator John Hoeven and the Chamber of Commerce. We could tell you about the nine entrepreneurs who spoke, coming from avionics, drones, 3D printing, biocomposites, education, law –…

Barnesville Business Pitch Contest announces finalists!

Finalists have been announced in the second annual ‘Spark Your Startup’ Barnesville Business Pitch Contest! The four business startup finalists are: SteveCo, Inc., Protosthetics, Hammock Initiative, and Jumpr, Inc. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 3, these business startups will make their pitch in front of a panel of contest sponsor judges. Each startup has five minutes to make their…

Greg Tehven receives North Dakota IT Champion award

Today at the State of Technology event, Emerging Prairie co-founder Greg Tehven received the North Dakota IT Champion award. That’s right, a guy who struggled yesterday with how to work an Apple TV just got a very techie-sounding award. But while Tehven might not call himself a techie, he’s well recognized as the techies biggest…

Building the drone patch: First drone marketing agency launches in Fargo

Today at the State of Technology event, the first dedicated drone marketing company in the United States announced its official launch right here in Fargo. Introducing Launchboxx, a full-service advertising and marketing team that specializes in the quickly evolving drone industry. Launchboxx is the brainchild of Brian Jorvig, a marketing specialist at Absolute Marketing Group.…

BuzzFeed's Jesse Shapins' pro tips on creating stellar apps

Many moons ago, Jesse Shapins took the stage at the Fargo Theatre sporting a scribbly white blazer, red-rimmed glasses, and an explosion of hair from his chin. He shared with Myriad Mobile’s Midwest Mobile Summit on “how to make an app that doesn’t suck.” Shapins is the Director of Product for BuzzFeed’s apps. Ever heard…

North Dakota ranked in top 5 states for highest startup activity

North Dakota ranks in the top five states for highest startup activity, according to the 2015 Kauffman Index: Startup Activity. The annual analysis measures the rate of new entrepreneurs, opportunity share of new entrepreneurs, and startup density across the nation at the state level and for the 40 largest metropolitan areas of the United States.…

Congressman Cramer meets with local entrepreneurs for National Startup Day

Amidst the graffitied rooms of the Prairie Den, Congressman Kevin Cramer met yesterday with local entrepreneurs to discuss the startup economy. Cramer, who has been a U.S. Representative for North Dakota since 2013, came to celebrate National Startup Day. Seated around the table were local leaders from a variety of industries, such as e-commerce, unmanned…

3Dom USA and c2renew release first filament made from coffee

Local filament manufacturer 3Dom USA released a 3D printing filament today that is the first of its kind. They call it Wound Up, and it is the first filament on the market made from coffee. The filament is made from coffee leftovers, the team said, claiming that the material creates a “rich brown color with…