The UND Center for Innovation has the perfect professional

environment to hold your next meeting and license an office for your business.

The Center is ready to coach you on your efforts in bringing your business to the next level.


The Center can accommodate most events at its facilities, all  from conferences and meetings to presentations.



The Center provides a unique and flexible environment for entrepreneurs all over the world who want to grow.



The Center is well equipped to assist entrepreneurs in finding financing, expertise, networking, and more.



S&S Promotional Group

S&S Promotional Group was founded in 1979 in the basement of a house in Fargo, ND. Today in Fargo, S&S has grown into a 6,000 sq ft office and warehouse with employees scattered across the region. In 2005 S&S set out to enter the Grand Forks Market. With the same entrepreneurial spirit that it’s founders had in 1979, S & S Grand Forks was launched in an apartment bedroom. In March of 2008 that expansion continued when S & S set up shop at the Center for Innovation. After 3 years of continued growth in the Grand Forks region, the branch recently moved into a new 3 office and large showroom suite at 1604 South Washington. S&S has built its business on the philosophies of hard work, ethical business practices, and a dedication to serve our customers and employees. We believe our products and services will help make our clients more successful. We are committed to provide quality products at competitive prices with superior service."

Dedicated to creating on time, on target, on budget promotions for their clients, the Grand Forks staff of Matt Fischer and Shannon Baker bring professionalism and creativity to the table as they represent the S&S team in the Grand Forks area.

Meridian Environmental Technology

Meridian Environmental Technology: Meridian is a UND spinoff company started by Leon and Kathy Osborne which started in their home, grew in the incubator and now employs 55 people in their own facility next to the UND Tech Park. Meridian provides weather forecasts for  511 traveler systems and state departments of transportation maintenance across the nation.

Alion Science & Technology

Alion Science & Technology is  a Chicago-based research company  spun-off from  the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute in 2002  that has developed research labs on several  university campuses including UND.  Alion moved into the Rude Entrepreneur Center in 2006 when receiving funding from Dorgan’s Red River Research Corridor and teamed up with UND School of Engineering and Mines to work to develop new surfaces and coatings for military aircraft and vehicle engines to make them last longer. Alion moved into REAC-1 on February 2008.



See what our clients have accomplished with assistance from the Center.

ICON Architectural Group

ICON Architectural Group provides high-quality architectural and design services for some of the Upper Midwest's highest profile projects.  Founded in 2002 by partners Todd Mitzel and Mike Kuntz, ICON has offices in Grand Forks and Fargo.  While an incubator tenant of the Center for Innovation, ICON designed and completed the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center.  ICON expanded and relocated from the Center for Innovation to a new “green” building they designed and completed in 2011.  The building is designed to be the first platinum level building in the state as certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).  Other architectural projects completed by ICON include: Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, Grand Forks County Correctional Center, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Stadium Renovation, and Richmond International Raceway Scoring Pylon.

Laserlith Corporation

Laserlith Corporation is based in Berkeley, CA and moved into the Rude Entrepreneur Center after receiving funding through Dorgan’s Red River Research Corridor and teaming with the UND School of Engineering and Mines on developing wireless defense and UAS communication antennas and cell phone transmitter modules.   As of Feb 2010, Laserlith moved into renovated office, manufacturing and specialized clean room space in the UND Tech Park.

La Rinascente Pasta Co

La Rinascente Pasta Co has a history in the Bronx of New York, but in 2003, North Dakota investors bought the specialty pasta company and moved it to Hope, North Dakota.  During the time of raising money from investors and pulling the leadership team together, LA Rinacente Pasta was based out of our incubators until the new facility as constructed in Hope. Their pasta products include clustered fideos, folded fettuccine, and jumbo shells.

Pilot Friendly Products

Pilot Friendly Products was developed by Michael Shope, a UND aviation student with strong interest in entrepreneurship.  Mike developed light-weight LED flashlight for pilots a high-value product and started and grew the venture to having an office in the incubator and warehouse and distribution the community. The student arranged for the LED light to be manufactured in China utilizing UND contacts in Shanghai. After developing national distribution and sales, the company was acquired by a leading aviation supply company in Seattle. Michael graduated from UND and is living the life of an entrepreneur, now working on another venture, Clean Republic with faculty member Dr. Yong Hou.

Marcil Group

Marcil Group Mike Marcil was an entrepreneur minded student at UND who enjoyed his affiliation with the Center for Innovation.  This UND alumnus was a serial entrepreneur in California, and when being an Entrepreneur-in-Residence  in 2005  at the Center, Gjovig encouraged Mike to relocate his real estate development company back to North Dakota which he did that year.  The Marcil Group  and his initial staff were located in the Rude Entrepreneur Center until he could develop his headquarters later in Fargo in 2006 to develop and manage commercial and rental property.  There real estate holdings had increased from $2 million to nearly $150 million with over 1700 apartments and 600,000 of commercial space.   Mike Marcil, Trish Bothum and Art Rosenberg also launched  a software company, Marcil Technologies in 2008.

Bank Forward

Bank Forward of Hannaford, ND has eight locations in North Dakota and 4 in Minnesota.  When they decided to make a strategic move to Grand Forks and build a bank on UND’s Bronson Property, they wanted to hire and train their staff before the new bank was constructed. Our Incubators have hosted  the key team members for  manufacturing and processing companies during the time of construction, so the incubators became home for the bank for a few months in 2008, severing as their training and operations center.  When the doors were opened on their North end bank, the team was in place and new bank was fully operational.


What can the UND Center for Innovation do for you as an entrepreneur, innovator, investor or student?

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