Two Businesses Graduate from the Technology Incubator
NDSU Technology Incubator Celebrates Companies’ Graduation from Incubation Program
FARGO, ND, – Startup companies, c2renew and Discovery Express Kids are graduating from the NDSU Incubator and will be relocating in Fargo to further grow their companies.
“We will really miss the connections that the Incubator offered. It gave us a chance to talk to one-another and have those really beneficial ad hoc discussions that help startups develop.”
– Corey Kratcha, Co-Founder & CEO, c2renew
c2renew is expanding and moving to their manufacturing location to streamline the workflow in the creation of more materials made of agricultural waste products. c2renew is a material designer, custom compounder, and engineering service provider. In addition to assisting other businesses by guiding them through the design and creation process of composites, they have advanced technology with their bio-composite material made from recycled plastics and local agricultural by-products to support both the environment and their local community. Founders Dr. Chad Ulven, a professor of engineering at NDSU, and Corey Kratcha are excited for their new journey. They are co-locating with 3DFuel and providing them with the filament for 3D printing made from their innovative recycled composites. However, they will not forget their grassroots beginning at the Incubator.
“To me, it’s a destination, for individuals who are interested in the startup ecosystem. I happened to meet Mike Vinje, NASA Small Business Innovation Research Leader, because I was at the Incubator, while he may not have come specifically to our office otherwise, and the connection has been invaluable. The resources that are provided, especially the opportunities to meet industry influencers are so valuable, especially to startups.”
– Corey Kratcha, Co-Founder & CEO, c2renew
Discovery Express’ Dr. Erin Nyren, known simply as Dr. E in the community will be relocating to downtown Fargo. She is focusing her company on educating pre-school age children as well as facilitating science education in after-school programs. Her goal is to get students excited about science, have fun, and practice good habits for scientific beginners. Dr. E’s students get creative and interactive hands-on experience in the STEM field, hopefully, creating much needed STEM students. Discovery Express also has science kits that educators can purchase to use for their own STEM education.
“There is an entrepreneurial quote, ‘when you’re in a conversation, pay attention to who is leaning forward.’ Meaning, for your target market you go where there is opportunity. I appreciated the flexibility and support the Incubator provided during those transitions. The Incubator provides services that are specific to new entrepreneurs. They have built an incredible support system and understand that you might be coming in with nothing established at all. Their team is very receptive to what you need as a brand-new business, and they are very flexible and helpful with all the challenges that may arise as a new company. They make it clear that they are there to help you succeed.”
– Dr. Erin Nyren, Founder & CEO, Discovery Express
These companies join other Incubator graduates such as Intelligent InSite’s, Pedigree Technologies, Appareo, Myriad Mobile and Fargo 3D Printing, all, of which are located in Fargo.
“We are very proud of both companies as they are great examples of what we are trying to accomplish at NDSU. That is to help faculty, students and startups advance their innovations into commercial companies that help diversify and grow our North Dakota economy. Along with assistance by the Incubator personnel, the companies utilized State programs such as: Innovate ND, Agricultural Products Utilization Council (APUC) grants, Research North Dakota, and Technology Base Entrepreneurial Grants (TBEG). We wish both companies much success!”
– Chuck Hoge, Executive Director of NDSU Research and Technology Park
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.
NDSU Research and Technology Park is a 501 c (3) non-profit corporation is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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