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Fargo Start-Up Creates Second Skin Innovation

A North Dakota State University student and mother, Lydia Gregersen, is the founder and creator of Skin2. Gregerson is seeking to create a product that has the barrier of protection of a latex glove combined with the physical protection of a leather glove. “Skin2 emerged from seeing my brother’s damaged diesel mechanic hands… he needed…

North Dakota Start-up Offers Human Touch to Online Selling

Prairie Grit is a new online antique, vintage, and collector’s marketplace created by Shawn Herrick. As a proud North Dakotan, Herrick desires for Prairie Grit to be a company that continues to build on the positive momentum of the Midwest. “I want Prairie Grit to compete on an international level with big-box retailers from our…

Start-Up Sparks STEM Interest with Robotics

In 2016, Ryan Swanson started COR Robotics to promote STEM careers by sparking an interest in students through summer camps. The first summer COR Robotics held 7 summer camps, and in 2018 the goal is to host 50 robotics camps across the region. “I gained a passion for robotics in high school, founded Bison Robotics…

Iowa Start-Up Changing How Money Moves

Ben Milne and the Dwolla team are charting a course to disrupt the e-commerce industry by building the ideal money-moving platform. What began as frustration over transaction fees has now grown into a thriving business providing solutions for customers all over the world. “Dwolla is the portmanteau of Web and Dollar. The software and our…

Fargo Entrepreneur Creates Free Online Educational Platform

Clever Mukori, a Concordia College graduate and native of Zimbabwe, is creating a web-based platform that will revolutionize the education industry called Learn or Teach. The culmination of Mukori’s life journey from Africa to the United States and the pursuit to help those less fortunate led to the creation of Learn or Teach. “I was…

Fargo Woman Creates Go-To ‘Go Do’ App

In 2017, the Go/Do App was launched providing a one-stop location for events and everyday activities taking place in the Fargo, North Dakota region. Founder, Cindy Gillund, created the app to connect people with the things they want to do to create memories. “I hope this app allows for memories to be made and shared……

Catalyzing Emerging Prairie in 2018

Since 2013, Emerging Prairie has existed to connect and celebrate the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Fargo. Through organized events, conferences, and meet-ups, this mission has been accomplished with the support of the Fargo community. “Our Emerging Prairie team fully believes that the greatest way to make an impact in the world is to increase access to…

North Dakota Start-Up Automates Construction Industry

Tom Kading, Wes Henry, and Aaron McWilliams joined together in 2017 to co-found Construction Automation. The team is preparing for the first product launch called AutoSaw. “Tom Kading had the idea for an automated saw that could load, measure, and cut a board… We joined together around this innovation and formed Construction Automation,” explained McWilliams.…

Innovative Job Seeking Platform launched in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

In August 2017, Alex and Nathan Guggenberger launched Jobiki, an innovative online platform for job seekers and companies. The Jobiki team is trying to reduce the stress of job seekers while offering a glimpse into companies that want to share their benefits, environment, and culture with the world. “Just like many fourth graders want to…

Stoneridge Software: Successful Small Town Start-up

Eric Newell, Becky Newell, and Cody Marshall started Stoneridge Software, a Microsoft Partner firm, in 2012 in their hometown of Barnesville, Minnesota earning a revenue of $100,000 that year. In 2017, just five years later, this small town start-up exceeded over $16 million in revenue behind steady year over year growth. “We’ve been able to…