The North Dakota Development Fund, Inc. (NDDF) has finalized three new investments through its Angel Match Program (AMP).
- Tailorie, Inc. is a Grand Forks-based digital marketing software company, using zero- and first-party data to provide tailored brand recommendations to consumers.
- FarmQA, Inc. is a Fargo-based technology company developing digital tools to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of agronomists and growers.
- BWR Innovations LLC is a Fargo-based manufacturing company producing hydrogen generators and telemetry systems for residential, agricultural, light commercial, and military applications.
“We are happy to announce the funding of these new investments through our Angel Match Program (AMP),” Commerce Head of Investments and Innovation Shayden Akason said. “Each business will receive funding to assist with working capital expenses to support early-stage primary sector North Dakota businesses by matching investor commitments up to $250,000 per business."
The NDDF launched the AMP to support early-stage primary sector North Dakota businesses by matching investor commitments up to $250,000 per business. Businesses may apply for funds if the total financing round is $2 million or less. Investors may be individuals, LLCs, businesses, trusts, or an investment fund. Investors must be in, and remain in, compliance with state and federal securities laws, and invest only in qualified businesses that are issuing securities in compliance with state and federal securities laws. To be eligible, a business must:
- Be registered with the North Dakota Secretary of State.
- Be certified as a primary sector business through the North Dakota Department of Commerce.
- Be headquartered in North Dakota and remain headquartered in North Dakota for as long as the State Small Business Credit Initiative capital is at risk.
- Have fewer than 250 employees at the time of investment.
- Not have a principal of the business that has been convicted of a sex offense against a minor (as such terms are defined in section 111 of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (42 U.S.C. § 16911).
Funds for the AMP were provided through the U.S. Department of Treasury State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). An approximate total of $58.6 million of SSBCI funds were allocated to the State of North Dakota for two equity and venture programs, the AMP and the Direct Investment Program. Both programs are direct investment programs that provide equity support directly to small businesses and startups by co-investing alongside private investors.
The North Dakota Development Fund was created in 1991 as an economic development tool. It provides flexible funding through debt and equity investments for new or expanding North Dakota primary sector businesses. The fund also manages the Child Care Loan Program created by the North Dakota Legislature in 2009.
More information about the NDDF and the AMP can be found at belegendary.link/North-Dakota-Development-Fund.
The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.