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  The Center for Innovation at the University of North Dakota was among the first entrepreneur outreach centers in the nation when formed in 1984.  The Center provides assistance to innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to launch new ventures, commercialize new technologies, and secure access to capital from private and public sources.

The Center manages two tech incubators in the UND Tech Park, provides SBIR outreach to the state's tech community, helping more than 40 companies secure more than $30 M in SBIR awards, the top source for seed capital for tech entrepreneurs. Since 2006, the Center for Innovation Foundation has helped 160 angel investors in launching nine angel funds in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. These funds have invested  in 43 ventures  which--with co-investment and syndication--have resulted in over $26 million of equity investing, an average investment of $600,000 per venture.  It is also home to the only fully student managed venture fund in the nation where students make the actual investment decisions, Dakota Venture Group. The Center has fostered over 670 startups, which employs more than 6000 people and have attracted over $140 M in investment.  The Center was named  the state’s first  Center for Excellence in Economic Development in 2003 while building the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center.

The Center for Innovation's vision and mission is to maintain national leadership in entrepreneur outreach and education, and become the leader in tech entrepreneurship in rural America. Our goals are to:
  • Grow entrepreneur ventures
  • Foster Innovation
  • Secure access to entrepreneur capital
  • Provide superb entrepreneur infrastructure
  • Provide world-class entrepreneur education with the UND Entrepreneur Program
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Center for Innovation
Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center
The University of North Dakota
4200 James Ray Drive Stop 8372
Grand Forks, ND 58203 USA
Phone: 701.777.3132
Fax: 701.777.2339
info@innovators.net
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