Center for Innovation

The Center for Innovation at the University of North Dakota was among the first entrepreneur outreach centers in the nation when formed in 1984. We provide 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, and has formed three angel networks in Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck. It is also home to the only student managed venture fund in the nation where students make the actual investment decisions, the Dakota Venture Group. The Center has fostered over 670 startups, which employs more than 6000 people and have attracted over $140 million in investment. The Center was named a Center for Excellence in Economic Development in 2003 while securing funds for the $4.2 M 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.


  • Grow entrepreneur ventures
  • Foster Innovation
  • Secure access to entrepreneur capital
  • Provide superb entrepreneur infrastructure
  • Provide world-class entrepreneur education with the UND Entrepreneur Program

Contact Us

Center for Innovation
Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center
University of North Dakota
4200 James Ray Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58203

P: 701.777.3132
F: 701.777.2339