Month: October 2015

Prairie Fire highlights entrepreneurship in North Dakota

The first Prairie Fire conference on October 24, in Bismarck, brought a unique group of entrepreneurs to a conference that claims to be “the first of its kind.” Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Brad Feld, Kristen Hadeed, and Shark Tank’s Daymond John took the stage throughout the day. NDSU student Cooper Bierscheid road tripped to Bismarck to…

How to Plan a Killer Event

[Today’s post comes from Annie Wood, our Director of Community Programs. Through her work at Minnesota State University Moorhead and now here at Emerging Prairie, Annie has been immersed in the event-planning world. Here are a few of her pro tips.] Yes, event planning is fun. But it’s not always easy. Over the years, I’ve…

Prairie Roots Food Co-op to open downtown Fargo grocery store

This morning at 1 Million Cups Fargo, Prairie Roots Food Co-Op announced that they are opening a location in Kilbourne Group‘s recently purchased building at 1213 NP Ave., the corner of NP Ave and University. The building, formerly Mathison’s Printing, will house a full selection of locally sourced food as well as a community space to…

Meet the Captains: Startup Drinks, November 2015

It’s time to get your SUDS on. Wednesday, November 4, Startup Drinks (SUDS) is back with Captains, apps and drinks! Join us for a completely free, no agenda hang out at Elevate (4th floor of the Loretta building) from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. To get to know some of the awesome people that will be…

NDSU Innovation Pitch Night: network, energy and flossing

On Thursday, October 22, students crowded into Barry Hall for a pizza and dubstep fueled night of brainstorming – aka, North Dakota State University’s annual Innovation Pitch. This is the kick-off to a five month program called the Innovation Challenge, which awards up to $27,000 in cash prizes at its conclusion. For the Pitch night,…

Power of 100 event raises $14,900 for Inspire Lab

Last Friday, October 24, Carrie Leopold was handed a stack of checks made out to her non-profit, Inspire Lab. The total: $14,900. “I will never ever forget this moment,” Leopold said. “I will remember this my entire life.” The checks came from the women of Power of 100: Red River Valley, a global program recently…

CODE sparks talk on debugging gender gap in Fargo

Last night, in celebration of their first year of coding classes, Girl Develop It Fargo hosted a showing of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap at the Fargo Theatre. The documentary came out earlier this year, and takes an in depth look at why there is a lack of women in the tech industry. “A White…

3Dom USA releases filament made from beer

They started with the coffee cup made from coffee. Now, local 3D printing filament manufacturer 3Dom USA has moved on to another adult beverage. Introducing Buzzed: the 3D printing filament made from beer. “Beer is one of our favorite things to drink besides coffee,” said c2renew co-founder Corey Kratcha. “And we have not seen anything…

Fargo rideshare app is in the works

At a quick glance, there are five local Facebook pages for finding carpools. Each of the tri-colleges have a page, and there are a few general ones as well – all filled with posts of people looking to get somewhere. Mainly, Minneapolis-St. Paul. “Anyone leaving for Fargo today? Will pay for gas!” reads a recent…

Brad Feld's advice on building rural communities

Fargo has a lot of reasons to thank Brad Feld. Brad Feld is an entrepreneur, an author, and a venture capitalist with The Foundry Group. His book Startup Communities highlights how he took his community in Boulder, CO, and began building a startup community centered around the Boulder Thesis. This laid the groundwork for what…