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North Dakota Innovate
Through expert guidance from business coaches, certified entrepreneurial centers and extensive leadership courses, 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 three phases that grow as your business grows. Your entrepreneurial center will work with you prior to program acceptance into phase I.
  • Phase-I - provides up to $2,500 voucher to advance your business or business idea for an entry fee of $250. 
    • Build a business plan (or equivalent)
    • Establish goals and a timeline for your business working with center resources
  • Phase-II - upon review, may provide up to $5,000voucher  to advance your business or business idea for an entry fee of $500. 
    • Finalize your business plan (or equivalent)
    • Be coachable and making forward progress on your business
    • Pitch your business plan to a review committee prior to acceptance in phase III
  • Phase-III - upon review, may provide up to $16,500 grant to advance your business. 
    • Complete Phase-III grant application.
    • Must attend or plan to attend the Innovate ND bootcamp
Funds can be used to create your business plan, prototype development, coaching and consulting, and marketing assistance at a certified North Dakota entrepreneurial center.
UND Center for Innovation
(701) 777-3132
4200 James Ray Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58203

Amy Whitney

NDSU Research & Technology Park
(701) 499-3600
1854 NDSU Research Circle N
Fargo, ND 58102

John Cosgriff, Incubator Manager

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

Deb Eslinger, Director

Entrepreneurs/businesses participating in Innovate ND must meet the following requirements:
  • Be innovative in the way they do business. Can be an existing business model but a new innovative approach must be involved.
  • Serve a market outside of their initial community. 
  • Be based in North Dakota

Innovate Enrollment

Please complete the following information for review. Funding is limited and available on a first come first serve basis. There is no guarantee your business or business idea will go through all three phases.

Upon review, you will be notified by North Dakota Department of Commerce on your application status.

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