Innovation

TeacherSpark brings teachers together to share ideas and set off classroom innovation

A small cohort of North Dakota teachers are hoping to foster education innovation with an app that marries the structure of dating apps to a professional development focus. The app, TeacherSpark, will connect teachers to other teachers, giving them the opportunity to exchange ideas and resources and to support each other in their careers. Sara…

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…

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…

Minnesota Start-Up Educates on Thrifty Travel

Jared Kamrowski is the founder of Thrifty Traveler, a website that teaches how to travel the world by taking advantage of reward programs and flight deals. Thrifty Traveler began as Jared’s hobby to travel the world on a budget that resulted in a start-up company. “I figured out a method of how to travel on…

Software Start-Up Brings Financial Advice to Farmers

In 2007, Nick Horob observed a boom in commodities prices as a financial advisor in Minneapolis and wondered how farmers would respond. With his family rooted in the farming industry in Western North Dakota, he decided to use his financial knowledge to assist farmers in decision-making. Nick’s commitment to financially inform farmers has produced Harvest…

DocuMNtary Celebrates and Advocates Minnesota Technology Community

In 2015, Nick Roseth presented the idea of a documentary that would feature the technology community in the Minneapolis area to the Minnesota High Tech Association (MTHA). “I was going to tech conferences and noticed how little national visibility there was for the cool events taking place in Minneapolis like MinneDemo,” explained Nick. Since 2015,…

Fargo-Company Automates the Medical Packaging Industry

Fargo-Company Automates the Medical Packaging Industry Kevin Biffert founded Fargo Automation with a simple purpose: to bring machine automation to everything. Over the course of two decades, Kevin has led the company to focus on automating the medical device industry and recently sold the company in January of 2017 to Korber Solutions. “At Fargo Automation, we…

Podyum Creates the Future in Football Free Agency

Many young football players have a desire for a career in the National Football League when they finish with college athletics. Will Powell and Markus Sims shared this NFL dream after finishing college but found success on European football teams instead. Now, these two men are the co-founders of Podyum, which connects coaches and football…

The Queen Bee is dead, long live eBee!

Winston Churchill and the Secretary of State for War waiting to see the launch of a de Havilland Queen Bee radio-controlled target drone, 6 June 1941. The Prime Minister, Mr. Winston Churchill, with Captain The Right Honourable David Margesson, Secretary of State for War, watching preparations being made in an unspecified UK location for the…

Motif: Innovative Theme-Based Investing Start-up Company

Hardeep Walia, founder, and CEO of Motif, is utilizing technology to innovate in the financial investing industry. While many in the industry are concerned with an impending crisis, Walia explained that “Motif seeks to inform customers with asset transparency with a human-like platform where technology is bringing down the costs of investing.” The Road to…