The New American Cohort is a 16-week long program that includes 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.

This cohort seeks to increase the success rate of New American Entrepreneurs by creating a community and accelerate their growth in the Fargo-Moorhead area.


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

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

1 Million Cups Presentation - Each cohort member receives an opportunity to speak at 1 Million Cups Fargo. 1 Million Cups Fargo is a free weekly program that educates, engages and connects entrepreneurs from around the midwest.

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.

participation REQUIREMENTS

  • You are the founder or co-founder of a venture in any vertical industry.
  • You are new to the Fargo-Moorhead area (has lived in the area for 10 years or less).
  • You have 10 years or less of experience with their venture.
  • Your venture has between $1-$999,999 in annual revenue.
  • This is not an idea stage incubator; all of our startups must have a form of an in-market product or service.
  • Must attend at least 80% of sessions and all mentor sessions.
  • Must present at the Signature Event in March.
  • This program will be hosted in English; because of that, fluent English is required.
    • ** If you are interested but do not speak English fluently, please reach out so we can gauge interest in creating this program in alternate languages.


  • 2 - 5 hours per week of structured programs.
  • 10+ hours of implementing program tools inside your nonprofit or organization (i.e. refining financial models, apply strategies, etc.).
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Applications are closed! Thanks for your interest in the program. If you'd like more information, please sign up below.


  • Review the eligibility criteria and time commitment listed.
  • Use the link above to apply for the cohort. The application will take roughly 30 minutes.

  • Applications close on October 11th.

  • Applicants will receive a notification of the status by October 21st.

  • New American Entrepreneur Cohort starts in November.


Huge thank you to The Nice Center for making this program possible. 


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