Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The Challey Institute’s New American Entrepreneur Program

The Challey Institute for Global Innovation & Growth (Challey Institute) is proud to announce the creation of the Challey Institute’s New American Entrepreneur program starting in the Fall of 2019. This program seeks to increase the success rate of New American Entrepreneurs and accelerate their growth in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The pilot session will support…

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…

Founders Drinks

Founders drinks is a space for founders to meet, network, and collaborate. Who’s eligible to attend? People who have started a product company People who have employees  People who have launched a project and are working on it full-time  Who’s not People who are just representing another brand (e.g. a broker for a big company)…

Entrepreneur Day at the State Capitol Recap

Emerging Prairie hosted the first-ever Entrepreneur Day at the State Capitol (EDSC) on January 21, 2019, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Bank of North Dakota and the North Dakota Department of Commerce. The vision for the event was to have a day where doers and thinkers from across the state could travel…

NDSU researchers study start-ups in Fargo

Since you’re reading this site, it’s likely no secret to you that Fargo has become a vibrant hub of entrepreneurial energy in recent years. The local start-up scene is remarkable enough that two NDSU professors have made Fargo’s economic ecosystem the subject of an academic study. Joshua Marineau and Onnolee Nordstrom are both professors of…

Fargo start-up Harvestable streamlines the process of getting local produce into the hands of local chefs

Nate Heinold and Travis Rosenbluth are helping bring farmers and chefs together to put locally-sourced ingredients in restaurants with their recently launched web platform, Harvestable. The pair of co-founders were introduced by a mutual friend in downtown Fargo, and the seed of the company began to germinate even during that first meeting. “We kind of…

Emerging Prairie Welcomes New Teammate: Malachi Petersen

Meet our newest teammate, Malachi. He’s joining the team as the Government & Community Relations Coordinator. Malachi will be working on building strategies focused around the entrepreneurial ecosystem and be our point person for government affairs. Be sure to welcome Malachi at 1 Million Cups, at the Prairie Den, or at any Emerging Prairie event!…

Shake It Up

Author: Scott Beaulier, Dean of NDSU’s College of Business Silos—something North Dakota readers know well from their agricultural roots—are a common feature of businesses and universities. They place boundaries on various units and streamline activity around a common goal, such as a major in academia or a product in a business unit. They tell us…

Revitalizing, Activating, and Partnering for a Greater Downtown Fargo

For over 15 years, the Kilbourne Group has been a huge proponent of the revitalization of downtown Fargo, North Dakota. Whether Kilbourne revitalizes existing buildings, activates unused spaces, or partners with businesses and non-profits, downtown Fargo is becoming a vibrant city center. “Ultimately, the story of downtown Fargo is the story of family businesses, entrepreneurs,…