Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Lead For America: Home is Where the Heart is

About Benya Benya Kraus, Co-Founder and Minnesota Executive Director at Lead For America, returned to rural Minnesota after graduating from Tuft University with a mission—to help other “Hometown Fellows” return to their communities while working to inspire individuals to engage in their counties, towns, and districts.   “When I went to college, I studied international…

Chezy Takes New Approach to Video Marketing for Small Businesses

About Joe Joe is the founder of Chezy, a video marketing agency located in Fargo. Joe graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead where he played football while balancing a variety of internships and campus clubs. He felt there was more he could do, so he set out to build his own venture during his junior…

Blue Cypher Bookkeeping: Small Business Bookkeeping for the 21st Century

About Maddie  Maddie is the founder of Blue Cypher Bookkeeping operating out of Fargo, ND. Growing up, she was a kid with endless curiosity questioning everything. Her entrepreneurial spirit emerged at the young age of 6 years old selling necklaces to her friends and family, but she never thought she’d pursue entrepreneurship professionally. After jumping…

Pops & Bejou Games Launches Kickstarter for CULTivate

Longtime Prairie Den member, Austin Foss, has recently jumped into his newest entrepreneurial venture with Pops & Bejou Games and their first board game, CULTivate.    Sitting at a desk surrounded by Lego Architect sculptures, architect Austin Foss has been working from the Prairie Den since 2019. Austin has watched the Prairie Den grow, weather…

Virtual Fargo Hackathon Proves Successful

Two weeks ago, Emerging Digital Academy hosted its fourth annual Fargo Hackathon. This year, because of COVID-19, it was held virtually for the first time and had participants from around the U.S.    In a special collaboration with Fargo Cass Public Health, the theme this year was how household income impacts health outcomes in Cass…
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Plug and Play Kicks Off New Office in Fargo, North Dakota Focused on Agtech

Plug and Play has announced its newest location in Fargo, North Dakota with a focus in agriculture technology. This office will launch with four Founding Partners: Bremer Bank, CHS, Microsoft Corp., and The OCP Group. Full operations are scheduled to kick off in late May.   “Being on the ground in North Dakota alongside our…
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Downtown’s Prairie Den Plans Move to New Home

Prairie Den Success Generates Move to Black Building Diagram above shows the new layout for the Prairie Den location in the Black Building   The Prairie Den, a coworking and events space in downtown Fargo facilitated by Emerging Prairie, has outgrown the current space at 122 ½ North Broadway. As Emerging Prairie continues to connect…

The Challey Institute’s New American Entrepreneur Program

TThe Challey Institute for Global Innovation & Growth and Emerging Prairie are proud to announce the 10 companies that will make up the 2019 Challey Institute’s New American Entrepreneur Program. This accelerator program connects New American entrepreneurs to capital, community, and technology resources. The program seeks to increase the success of New American entrepreneurs and…

Set Your Rent makes for-sale homes rentable with the help of real estate investment

Set Your Rent, a new Grand Forks start-up, allows people to rent for-sale homes with the help of an investor who buys the home and rents it to them.   Co-founder Adam Zach will present at 1 Million Cups Fargo on Wednesday, June 12.   After entering the world of real estate with a “house…

Resonate brings Fargo’s vibrant musical community into rural ND schools

Fargo teen Joanna Lin is giving rural students access to high quality music education events with her organization Resonate. Resonate hosts music master classes for students in rural towns. The organization has two primary goals: To inspire students to look for other musical opportunities of their own volition, and to expose them to the way…