10 Years of Helping entrepreneurs build businesses and drive economic development in the FM Community

FARGO, ND, November 28, 2017–The NDSU Research & Technology Park celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Technology Incubator. The Incubator supports growing small businesses that relate in some way to technology. The innovative thinking has been nurtured by the staff, state and university. The community joined the Research Park in celebrating the past, embracing the present  and shaping of the future.


It is not only the athletics that are a successful and legacy filled component of NDSU history, but the standards set for the students. They are continually asked to not only reach the bar but consistently raise it. That mindset has driven the Incubator to be such a critical component of North Dakota State University and the Research and Technology Park.

NDSU President, Dean Bresciani


Almost 75 stakeholders and partners came to celebrate the NDSU Technology Incubator and its clients. The Research Park’s first Executive Director, Tony Grindberg, reflected on the past and how the Incubator started as an idea in a business plan during the search for an executive director. Through the tenacity of the first few individuals, Brenda Wyland (previous Incubator Manager) and Jan Sobolik (Operations Specialist) who never gave up and kept pushing, the idea became a reality.


Chuck Hoge, current Research and Technology Park Executive Director reviewed Incubator and Park programs such as Innovate ND, Innovation Challenge; kicking off in January, and the NDSU Entrepreneurial Scholarship Program. Innovation Challenge has become a testing ground for many innovators and successful businesses in the area to see if their business could be viable  including: Myriad Mobile, Protosthetics, Discovery Express Kids and more!


Previous Technology Incubator tenant Cooper Bierscheid, Chief Futurist and Co-Founder of Protosthetics and current Technology Incubator client Ray Berry CEO and Co-Founder of Omnibyte Technology shared their stories of how the Technology Incubator helped make their business possible. Whether it was the benefits of working in a space with other startups creating run-ins for collaboration or troubleshooting, or the physical layout of the building. Omnibyte has been in six different spaces in the Incubator. Being an Incubator tenant gave Berry the opportunity to focus on the business itself instead of where it would need to move next to accommodate the growing staff. The Incubator provides a chance for companies to learn from one another in an environment that can be altered to fit their needs.


To round the afternoon off Barry Batcheller, a founding and current board member for the Research Park and Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board for Appareo Systems, shared the future that will be shaped by innovative thinkers like those in the Technology Incubator. The luncheon closed with NDSU President Bresciani reflecting on the Technology Incubator as one of the many outstanding reasons for students to attend North Dakota State University.


The NDSU Research Park and the Technology Incubator would like to thank all those who attended and those who made the Research Park and the Incubator possible.




The NDSU Research and Technology Park is dedicated to enhancing the investments in North Dakota State University by the citizens of North Dakota. Through partnerships with international, national, and regional centers of excellence, as well as high technology-based businesses and the research community at NDSU, we help develop technology-based businesses and broaden the economic base of North Dakota.

This 501 c (3) non-profit corporation is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Emily Schubert at 701-499-3604 or email at emily@ndsuresearchpark.com. For more news about the Incubator and the tenants follow us on Twitter @NDSUIncubator or for information regarding scholarships and student programs like the Innovation Challenge follow @NDSUTechPark. We will be using #ICNDSU18 to communicate information about the Innovation Challenge during the spring 2018 semester.