*Due to strong demand for its program offerings, Innovate ND is at budget capacity and will not be accepting new applications until further notice.

Innovate North Dakota is a voucher and grant program available to entrepreneurs in North Dakota.  Through expert guidance from business coaches at Entrepreneurial Centers, Innovate ND provides the entrepreneurial community of North Dakota the resources needed to help turn an innovative idea into a profitable business.

The program now has four phases that grow as your business grows.

Phase Entry Fee Dollar Award Match Requirement (cash or in-kind) Phase Length
1-Voucher $250 $2,000 Equal to 25% of award dollars reimbursed.  Minimum of $5,000 by end of Phase 3. 3 Months
2-Voucher   $6,000 6 Months
3-Voucher   $12,000 6 Months
4-Grant   $20,000 $5,000 12 Months
Total $250 $40,000 $10,000 27 Months


  • Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Entrance into the next phase is not guaranteed
  • Phases 1, 2, and 3 are a voucher program where eligible expenses are reimbursed to the participant
  • Phase 4 is a grant program.  The participant must meet all requirements of N.D.C.C. Chapter 54-60.1 



(701) 223-0707
2720 E. Broadway
Bismarck, ND 58501

Christy Dauer,
Executive Director


Jamestown Regional Entrepreneur Center

(701) 253-4112
Rm 109, Unruh-Sheldon Building, Univ of Jamestown
Jamestown, ND 58405

Katherine Roth, Director

NDSU Research & Technology Park

(701) 499-3600
1854 NDSU Research Circle N.
Fargo, ND 58102

Vernon Wangen,
Operations Specialist

UND Center for Innovation

(701) 777-3132
4200 James Ray Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58203

Amy Whitney, Director


Entrepreneurs must meet the following criteria for acceptance into Phase 1:

  • The business is registered or will be registered in North Dakota
  • The idea or concept is innovative:
    • A new business idea or concept
    • An existing business model with a new innovative approach
  • The idea or concept is a scalable business by bringing value back to North Dakota
  • Serves a market outside the entrepreneur’s initial community


Innovate ND Fact Sheet


Carla Valentine

For more information on Innovate ND, contact Carla Valentine.