In September, Emerging Prairie announced that they were transitioning to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Today, the first stage – filing for non-profit status – was completed as Executive Director Greg Tehven signed the last dotted line.

Non-profit EP

Emerging Prairie is working with Danielson Legal for the process. Now, as Tehven said, the organization has “fingers crossed” as they wait for the filing to go through. This process could take another 5 – 8 months, Tehven said.

In the meantime, Emerging Prairie continues to have a fiscal host with the FM Area Foundation.

Who is Emerging Prairie?

Emerging Prairie team photo

Our first team photo!

Emerging Prairie’s mission is to connect and celebrate the entrepreneurial community.  It does so through organizing events like 1 Million Cups and Startup Drinks, running programs like the Intern experience, operating a downtown coworking space (the Prairie Den), and reporting daily news on the local startup community on its website.

The four pillars of the organization’s mission are: educate the city, build on your bright spots, infuse the arts, and be radically inclusive.

Miguel Danielson, founder of Danielson Legal and co-founder of Emerging Prairie, described the role of Emerging Prairie like this:

“Our role is to connect the entrepreneurial-minded with each other and with those in our community who can help them,” he said. “This connective tissue then creates a fabric that contributes to a vibrant and participatory local community, that raises all boats, attracts and retains people, and allows endless opportunity for all of us to create the city we want to live in.”

There you have it. You can also watch this video for a better idea of who we are and what we do:


Photo courtesy of Noah Kupcho.

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Marisa Jackels