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Innovate North Dakota
Innovate North Dakota is a voucher and grant program available to entrepreneurs in North Dakota.  Through expert guidance from business coaches at Entrepreneurial Centers, Innovate ND provides the entrepreneurial community of North Dakota the resources needed to help turn an innovative idea into a profitable business.

The program now has four phases that grow as your business grows.
Phase Entry Fee Dollar Award Match Requirement
(cash or in-kind)
Phase Length
1 - Voucher  $250 $2,000 Equal to 25% of award dollars reimbursed.  Minimum of $5,000 by end of Phase 3 3 Months
2 - Voucher   $6,000 6 Months
3 - Voucher   $12,000 6 Months
4 - Grant   $20,000 $5,000 12 Months
TOTAL $250 $40,000 $10,000 27 Months
  • Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Entrance into the next phase is not guaranteed
  • Phases 1, 2, and 3 are a voucher program where eligible expenses are reimbursed to the participant
  • Phase 4 is a grant program.  The participant must meet all requirements of N.D.C.C. Chapter 54-60.1 

(701) 223-0707
2720 E. Broadway
Bismarck, ND 58501

Kathy Cochran, Program Director
(701) 253-4112
Rm 109, Unruh-Sheldon Building, Univ of Jamestown
Jamestown, ND 58405

Katherine Roth, Director
(701) 499-3600
1854 NDSU Research Circle N.
Fargo, ND 58102

Brian Kalk, Executive Director

UND Center for Innovation

(701) 777-3132
4200 James Ray Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58203

Amy Whitney, DIrector
Entrepreneurs must meet the following criteria for acceptance into Phase 1:
  • The business is registered or will be registered in North Dakota
  • The idea or concept is innovative:
    • A new business idea or concept
    • An existing business model with a new innovative approach
  • The idea or concept is a scalable business by bringing value back to North Dakota
  • Serves a market outside the entrepreneur’s initial community

Program Manual
File Size: 146 kb

Progress Report
File Size: 126 kb

Expense Form
File Size: 28 kb

Business Model Canvas Guide
File Size: 135 kb

Customer Interview Example Questions
File Size: 121 kb

Customer Interview Tracking Sheet
File Size: 18 kb

Innovate ND Enrollment

Please complete the following information for review. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no guarantee your business or business idea will go through all four phases.

Upon review, you will be notified by North Dakota Department of Commerce on your application status.

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