Month: March 2017

Access to Capital Funds for Rural Start-Ups: the Goal of a 2017 Bi-partisan Bill

“North Dakota and other areas have no shortage of ideas and talent, but there is a challenge to find funds and investors in rural areas,” explains Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Democrat, North Dakota). Currently, one of Heitkamp’s committee assignments includes serving on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. “I am myopically focused on supporting…

Innovative Start-Up Creates New Business Ventures

Barry Batcheller is a North Dakota State University graduate and honorary doctorate recipient who has charted the entrepreneurial course during his career and is now opening doors for more entrepreneurs in the Fargo area. As an engineer and creative thinker, Barry Batcheller has founded or co-founded 4 businesses and is currently the Chairman and CEO…

Fargo Start-Up is Transforming Hospital Care with Technology

Mark Rheault is a serial entrepreneur that calls Fargo his home. His work experience includes pushing a lawnmower up and down the street as a child, service in the United States Air Force, selling vacuum cleaners in college and starting 4 companies since 1999. “I consider myself an inventor…and I learn from every step I…

A Failure is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Written by: Scott A. Beaulier Setting the Goal I was young; I was fit; and this was an “easy” goal for me to bag. On the day of the race in Gainesville, Florida, a cold front had passed, and a runner’s worst enemy—high winds—made the run more challenging. But, no excuses, right? I battled the wind…

Emerging Prairie Welcomes New Teammate: Katie Worral

Our Emerging Prairie team is on the grow! Meet our newest teammate: Katie Worral. Katie joins the team in a new role: Communications Coordinator. As Fargo native, Katie brings her love of Fargo to the team and will be guiding Emerging Prairie’s communication to the community.  Katie graduated from NDSU with a degree in Public Relations and…

Minneapolis Start-up is Igniting Classroom Discussion Worldwide

Over 45 million seconds of video was recorded and shared in January 2017 on the Flipgrid video-based platform. Five years prior, Flipgrid was just a weekend project put together by co-creators Bradford Hosack and Charlie Miller. The two have struck a chord engaging students and teachers in classrooms across the globe with an “experience that…

Tech Company empowers the Citizen’s Voice in Government

What can bridge the communication gap between government officials and the citizens they serve? Polco was co-founded by Nick Mastronardi, Dylan Cooper, and Alex Pederson to provide a platform for civic engagement and communication. “We created Polco to provide a political compass that allows citizens to know what is happening in government,” shared Nick. The…

Lemonly: The Midwest’s Visual Story Tellers

A little over 5 years ago, John Meyer and Amy Colgan co-founded Lemonly based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The two have set out on a journey to capture the art of storytelling through the use of images, especially in animation and infographics. “We take boring data from customers and turn it into beautiful stories…lemons…