Month: April 2019

Startup weekend success UnStuck promotes cold weather kindness with app concept

UnStuck, an app concept applying rideshare principles to winter Good Samaritanism, took second place at Techstars’ annual Startup Weekend in Fargo in April. Nolan Borchardt, an NDSU junior and member of UnStuck’s team, will present at 1 Million Cups Fargo on Wednesday, April 29. “The idea is—it’s an app that operates a lot like Uber,”…

Mariah Billadeau offers a potential sustainable replacement for microplastics in fashion with EcoTex concept

The NDSU Innovation Challenge helped NDSU junior Mariah Billadeau meet interested collaborators for EcoTex, an environmentally-friendly textile concept. Billadeau will present at 1 Million Cups Fargo on Wednesday, April 24. Her idea for EcoTex took second place in the Innovation Challenge’s social impact track. The roots of the concept trace to a study abroad trip…

Sioux Falls’ Fire Brothers innovates fireworks sales with its online business model

Andy Jorgensen saw an opening in the fireworks industry for a business that allowed customers to buy online and launched Fire Brothers Fireworks in response. The business allows users to order fireworks on its website and pick them up. It also compiles photos and videos of the fireworks online so customers can see what they…

MarketBeat makes top stock tips through its daily newsletters

South Dakota-based MarketBeat is one of the top venues for stock market news and data thanks to its website and successful newsletters. MarketBeat’s roots lie in Paulson’s personal finance blog, which he launched while in college. He noted he was listening to a lot of financial podcasts at the time. “I thought, well, I know…

QMIRA innovates in diagnostic tech by using AI to detect and treat parasites

An Indiana-based startup is training artificial intelligence to detect parasites in animals, crops, and eventually humans. QMIRA, headed by CEO Steven Gerrish, has been deploying its AI technology to detect parasites in animal fecal matter and is now expanding to apply its work to diagnose and treat crops and, eventually, humans. Gerrish will present at…

NDSU’s digital fabrication lab fosters interdisciplinary tech projects

A new tech lab at NDSU is intended to bring students together from across disciplines for hands-on projects. The digital fabrication lab sports 3D printers, CNC machines and more, and its near future will see the addition of a laser cutter. Andrew Elznic, the university’s emerging technology coordinator in the digital fabrication lab, will present…

If the Dress Fits provides free prom dresses to those who can’t afford them

By the time she came to Moorhead to attend college, Duluth native Ashleigh Arntson had already launched a successful nonprofit company—If the Dress Fits—to help students who can’t afford the high cost of a prom dress. Arntson is presenting at 1 Million Cups Fargo on Wednesday, April 3. Arntson started If the Dress Fits during…

Unseen battles human trafficking through partnership and training

  Fargo non-profit Unseen brings education, expertise, and creativity together to help organizations battle human trafficking. Unseen cofounder and CEO Than Baardson presents at 1 Million Cups Fargo on Wednesday, April 3. Unseen started in 2011. Baardson’s background is in broadcast journalism for the National Guard, and an initial co-founder worked in photography in South…