Matt Gantz

6 startup tips from Storefront co-founder Tristan Pollock

By the time most people are hitting 28, they might be hoping to have a decent job, a roof over their head, some food on the table. By the time NDSU grad Tristan Pollock turned 28 last year, he had successfully co-founded an Airbnb-style storefront rental company (aptly named Storefront), raised $7.3 million in funding…

Entrepreneurs have wish lists, too!

T’were the days before Christmas, and all through the land, Not a startup was known. No co-founder, no man. “We must counteract!” Exclaimed the Emerging Prairie crew. And so they made a plan, and said “Here’s what we’ll do.” They schemed and they called, soliciting entrepreneurs by night. “We must tell your story,” they said,…

Emerging Prairie welcomes new Lead Writer to team

This announcement may make the day for some of our more diehard fans – thanks to a productive summer and a thriving entrepreneurial community, Emerging Prairie has added a full-time writer to the team. Marisa Jackels has recently relocated from Los Angeles, California, to Fargo to begin her tenure as our Lead Writer. Emerging Prairie…

Heat Transfer Warehouse hits milestone, announces industry expo

Kirk Anton and his expanding team at Heat Transfer Warehouse absolutely refuse to settle when it comes to what they do. The Fargo-based wholesale supplier and retailer of digital prints – the kind likely on a handful of shirts in your closet – has officially hired on its 20th employee, making its fourth year of business…

Preventice to merge with eCardio Diagnostics

Preventice, the medical applications company based out of Minneapolis with satellite offices in Fargo, announced their plan to merge with eCardio Diagnostics earlier this week. The strategic move allows for the melding of Preventice’s software and technical background with eCardio Diagnostics’ industry-leading cardiac monitoring products and services. As of mere hours ago, the companies together announced…

UND School of Entrepreneurship announces new interim director

Former information systems and business communications professor Tim O’Keefe has been appointed the University of North Dakota School of Entrepreneurship interim director. The announcement was made by the school’s Provost, Thomas DiLorenzo, earlier this week. The new School of Entrepreneurship at UND resides within the overarching College of Business and Public Administration. Having officially been…

Regional startups win cash prizes in business pitch contest

Last week marked the end of the Barnesville, Minnesota, Spark Your Startup Business Pitch Contest, with three startups walking away with cash prizes. After an initial round consisting of online applications, judges scored and chose the top five contenders for a new business. The top five, as outlined below, represented individuals and organizations from the competition…

Health Pitch 2014: For risk-takers only

With over 150 community members, health industry practitioners, and potential investors settled into the Stage at Island Park’s rounded seating, 15 entrepreneurs demonstrated their pursuits and deviations from the norm. Health Pitch 2014, graciously hosted for its second year by Family HealthCare in Fargo, illustrated the broad array of Midwest talent in the health and…

Babson MBAs discuss Fargo’s angel fund future

MBA students from the new MBAs Across America program convened at the historic Fargo Theater last Friday to discuss their findings for establishing an angel fund in Fargo. The students have been in Fargo learning about the community, meeting its members through DinnerTies events, and talking with its many entrepreneurial players. The Babson College students spent…

Cogi continues impressing savvy note-takers

Based in California but partnered with North Dakota State University’s Technology Park, the innovative note-taking application Cogi is continuing a revamp of its niche market. Recently, developments have been spurred by third party reviews, including Lifehacker’s decision to rank it as the best voice recording app for Android. Following the well-known website’s high praise, Cogi’s…