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What is Innovate ND?

Innovate ND provides access to beneficial venture tools, online entrepreneur education, and extensive resources. If you are a North Dakota-based entrepreneur or innovator working on a new concept, you may be eligible for the program.

An entry fee of $250 gains you access to $2,500 of resources through a certified North Dakota entrepreneurial center. Funds can be used to create your business plan, prototype development, coaching and consulting and marketing assistance. 
With a $250 entry fee, participants gain:

  • Up to a $2,500 voucher to be used through a certified entrepreneurial center.
  • Access to a venture building process.
  • Online entrepreneur education.
  • Business planning tools.
  • Entrepreneurial boot camps held at entrepreneurial centers across the state in the spring and fall.
  • Access to a statewide entrepreneurial community.
  • Choice of an entrepreneurial center or centers that you would like to work.
  • Coaching from the center you choose to determine a unique timeline that works for you to reach your business venture goals, develop a business plan or refine your current business plan. You and your coach will work together to determine a game plan that works for you and the stage of your business venture.

If your idea qualifies, you may move into additional phases.

For more information about the Innovate ND Program, review the Vouchers, Grants & Phases.

Funding is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. There is no guarantee your business or business idea will go through all three phases.

Innovate ND is a program of the North Dakota Department of Commerce.