Emerging Prairie's Entrepreneurship Cohorts are a series of several week-long programs that include training around topics that ensure your company is being built upon a firm foundation while preparing you for the next stage of growth. Free to apply, this experience offers one-on-one mentorship, weekly programming focused on business fundamentals, speaking opportunities, and a vast network of supporters to rapidly scale your impact and business.

 

These cohorts seek to create a community around under-served segments of entrepreneurs to accelerate their growth in our region. All entrepreneurs know the struggle of starting up, and we work to connect these founders and creatives together to solve problems and create a colony of like-minded individuals supporting one another. 

 

Communities we're currently supporting:

  • Black Entrepreneurs
  • New American Entrepreneurs
  • Social Entrepreneurs
  • Women Entrepreneurs
  • Native American Entrepreneurs

Program Benefits

 

Weekly Programming - Trainings that prepares entrepreneurs in business fundamentals through the CO.STARTERS program.

Media and Press Workshop - A strategy session where a facilitator will work through key talking points, branding assistance and an overall media strategy.

StartupBREW Fargo Presentation - Each cohort member receives an opportunity to speak at StartupBREW Fargo. This morning meetup is for entrepreneurs, innovators, creatives, and community members alike to come together and explore the entrepreneurial journey.

1:1 Mentorship - Two 30-minute flexible one-on-one mentorship sessions with an experienced community leader.

Prairie Den Access - Each cohort member will receive a Flex Membership for 3 months to the Prairie Den, a co-working space in downtown Fargo that provides a space to work, fast internet access and printing capabilities.

Signature Event - This event gives cohort members an opportunity to share their businesses with community members, supporters and business leaders. More details to come.

Program Requirements

Check below for a few of the requirements needed to participate in the program.

In order to maintain a productive and valuable program, there are a couple of requirements for applicants to be considered.

  • You are the founder or co-founder of a venture in any vertical industry.
  • You have 10 years or less of experience with their venture.
  • Your venture has between $1-$999,999 in annual revenue.
    • This requirement is waived for the Native American cohort. Those in the idea stage are still encouraged to apply. 
  • Must attend at least 80% of sessions and all mentor sessions.

Below is the process to apply for any of the programs.

  • Review the eligibility criteria and time commitment listed.
  • Use the link in the cohort's section to apply. The application will take roughly 30 minutes.

  • Keep in mind the application deadline for each cohort.

  • Applicants will receive notification of admittance shortly after the application. 

For the program and the cohort to be successful, there are requirements for how much time we are asking applicants to dedicate to the program. 

  • 2 - 5 hours per week of structured programs, typically in one night.
  • 10+ hours of implementing program tools inside your nonprofit or organization (i.e. refining financial models, apply strategies, etc.).
Black Entrepreneur Cohort

Black Entrepreneurship Cohort

The Black Entrepreneur Cohort program includes training around topics that ensure your startup or business is being built upon a firm foundation while preparing you for the next stage of growth.

Length: 11 Weeks

Applications Due: August 6th, 2021

Program Begins: August 17th, 2021

Ready to take the next step and join the program?

Native American Entrepreneur Cohort

Native American Entrepreneurship Cohort

The Native American Entrepreneur Cohort program includes training around topics that ensure your startup or business is being built upon a firm foundation while preparing you for the next stage of growth.

Length: 11 Weeks

Program Begins: June 1st, 2021

 

2021 Cohort / (more coming soon)

Social Entrepreneur Cohort_2020

Social Entrepreneurship Cohort

The Social Entrepreneur Cohort program includes training around topics that ensure your nonprofit or organization is being built upon a firm foundation while preparing you for the next stage of growth. In addition to the normal benefits, this cohort gains access to Giving Hearts Day and a vast network of supporters to rapidly scale your impact and business. Thanks to our cohort partner, the Impact Foundation, for their support.

Length: 16 Weeks

Program Begins: TBD

Application coming soon.

 

2020 Cohort / (more cohorts coming soon)

New American Entrepreneur Cohort_2020

New American Entrepreneurship Cohort

The New American Entrepreneur Cohort program includes training around topics that ensure your nonprofit or organization is being built upon a firm foundation while preparing you for the next stage of growth. Thanks to our cohort partner, NDSU's Nice Center, for their support and guidance. 

Length: 16 Weeks

Program Begins: TBD

Application coming soon.

 

2019 Cohort / 2020 Cohort / (more cohorts coming soon)

Women Entrepreneur Cohort

Women Entrepreneurship Cohort

The Women Entrepreneur Cohort program includes training around topics that ensure your startup is being built upon a firm foundation while preparing you for the next stage of growth.

Length: 16 Weeks

Program Begins: TBD

Application coming soon.

 

2020 Cohort / (more cohorts coming soon)