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Emerging Prairie Awarded Ecosystem Grant from the Bush Foundation

On October 8, 2018, Emerging Prairie was officially awarded the Ecosystem Grant from the Bush Foundation for the second time. The Ecosystem Grant is focused on providing general operating support for an ecosystem organization that, “…advance[s] the goal[s] of a [Bush] Foundation program or strategic initiative” (bushfoundation.org). The programs and initiatives included are; community innovation,…

Access to Capital Funds for Rural Start-Ups: the Goal of a 2017 Bi-partisan Bill

“North Dakota and other areas have no shortage of ideas and talent, but there is a challenge to find funds and investors in rural areas,” explains Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Democrat, North Dakota). Currently, one of Heitkamp’s committee assignments includes serving on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. “I am myopically focused on supporting…

Help Us Welcome, Brent McNeal Our New Guest Writer.

The Emerging Prairie team is thrilled to have Brent McNeal as a guest writer who will be helping us tell the stories of our 1 Million Cups Fargo speakers each week. As a non-native Fargo-Moorheadian, a pastor and an all around lovable person, Prairie Den members and community members alike can’t help but share their stories…

Myriad Mobile ranked on Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies

Inc. Magazine today ranked Fargo-based mobile app development company Myriad Mobile on its 35th annual Inc., 5000 list, a ranking of the nation’s fastest­ growing private companies. Myriad Mobile made the list by achieving 589% revenue growth over the past three years, and a ranking of 667 out of 5000 private companies, putting them in…

Microsoft president pushes for more computer science education in North Dakota

“There are currently over 900 open jobs in computing throughout the state of North Dakota,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said. “Last year the state produced 116 computer science graduates to fill those jobs.” This was the conundrum Smith presented as part of his keynote at the State of Technology, hosted by the Fargo-Moorhead Chamber of…

Fargo Moorhead EDC awarded North Dakota IT Champion at State of Tech

The Fargo-Moorhead West Fargo Economic Development Corporation received the North Dakota IT Champion award today at the State of Technology 2016. The award goes to an individual or entity that has championed the promotion and use of technology or delivery of technology to North Dakota citizens. “The EDC’s activities have elevated the recognition of the…

Grand Forks startup B-ablehotels launches Kickstarter for $97K

B-ablehotels, a startup born out of the first place winning idea at Startup Weekend Grand Forks, launched their Kickstarter for $97,000 last week. The money is being raised to help the co-founders, Jana and Loren Younggren, create a mobile app aimed at allowing anyone with a physical disability to find suitable travel accommodations. The platform…

It's Startup Day Across America, here's how we're celebrating

Happy Startup Day! Startup Day began in 2013, when Representatives Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) 
and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) launched the first annual Startup Day Across America as part of a bipartisan, bicameral effort to connect local entrepreneurs with their representatives. The goal was to create a day to celebrate the intellectual and economic impact startups can have across the country. On Startup…

North Dakota angel fund invests in ag and biotech

Recent investments from the 701 angel fund, a statewide angel fund launched last year in North Dakota, show they are placing bets on biotechnoloy and precision agriculture. The fund, launched out of the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation, hopes to raise $3-$5 million. They have invested around $165,000 in four companies thus…

Presenting the winners of Game Jam 2016: Viking Book Biter

Aaron Simmons, Ben Lippincott, Meg Ridl, Jessi Schmit, and Andrey Vasilyev walked into the Prairie Den on July 15th as a band of misfits. None of them had attended a Game Jam before, and only Lippincott had worked with the popular game engine Unity. They were surrounded by Game Jam alum, experienced developers, Microsoft employees and PODS…