Editorial

Meet our next guest writer, Peter Schott. Traveler, community builder and Ag. tech guru.

The intersection between technology and agriculture is where Peter, feels most at home. With international experiences and North Dakota in his blood, “Pete” is positioning himself to be a thought leader for the Ag. tech industry. Not to mention in his free time, he is creating opportunities for community members in the FM area to…

The Professor of Innovation? We think so. Welcome Guest Writer, Dr. David Wells.

What is innovation and how can we foster innovation in ourselves as well as our workplace? Dr. David Wells, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Professor has an answer. With 26 years of experience and having mentored over 312 students through two unique courses at North Dakota State University, Dr. Wells has watched and learned. As with…

Meet America's Youngest Business Dean and Our New Guest Writer.

During the summer heat of June 2016, Dr. Scott Beaulier became America’s youngest business dean at North Dakota State University after a year-long search. Beaulier came to NDSU with nearly ten years of experience in academia with an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics. Now, after having some time to settle into his role and begin…

How to make a homemade startup ecosystem

In the past few months, I’ve been to a couple retreats that gather startup community leaders and entrepreneurs together from around the country (I wrote about one here). At each of them, we talk about the communities we come from; in the East Coast, West Coast, Pacific Northwest, The South, sometimes Canada. Each person shares…

What the latest Internet Neutrality proposal means for startups

On Wednesday, the latest Internet Neutrality proposal from the Federal Communication Commission‘s Chairman Tom Wheeler was released on Wired.com. It states some of the strongest open-Internet protection ever proposed. Wheeler’s Internet Neutrality proposal is a positive step for supporters of Net Neutrality and has a big impact on the future of the open Internet as…

Incubators in developing entrepreneurial communities

During the past year or so, I have studied the role of incubators and accelerators in startup business development. The concept of these startup assistors, which are springing up throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world, is fairly simple: provide new organizations with assistance to grow their products and plans. With respect to…

Misfit Conf in Fargo – Thoughts on a world changing event

Preston Johnson is the co-creator of Grassfire Studios, a Fargo-based creative video studio.  We asked Preston to share with us a report on the Misfit Conf, an intimate, two-day event in Fargo about changing the world. – EP It appeared to be the start of a normal weekend in Fargo, ND. Downtown, the rain drizzled as…

Greg Tehven: Maximizing impact and value at startup events

Emerging Prairie’s own Greg Tehven is known to many in the Fargo-Moorhead area as a master connector of people.  We asked Greg to share with us his thoughts on maximizing impact and value at startup events.  This article is very timely in view of the many great activities happening in the FM area this week.…

Innovation, investment, and opportunity in the upper midwest: Interview with James Burgum of Arthur Ventures

James Burgum is co-founder and Managing Director of Arthur Ventures.  Based in Fargo, Arthur Ventures is the leading private equity firm in North Dakota and sits at the center of the nascent startup community of the Red River Valley.  Arthur Ventures has recently been in the process of creating their second investment fund, and has…