The UND Center for Innovation is an entrepreneurial incubator. Our vision is to be the principal leader guiding innovation in the Northern Plains. We work as a collaborative partner in the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in Grand Forks, across North Dakota and as part of the One UND Strategic Plan. Services at the Center include: incubation space and entrepreneur coaches, an innovation studio to address complex industry-based challenges, a student-run venture to support marketing and communication needs for start-ups, project-based internships and mentorship matching.
Established in 1984, the UND Center for Innovation manages the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, an 11,000 square foot incubator space for innovators, entrepreneurs and researchers to launch new ventures, commercialize new technology and secure access to capital from private and public sources. The incubator offers a variety of office space and meeting rooms, as well as a wet lab and server room. The CFI provides flexible tenancy options, and presently employs two entrepreneur coaches and an autonomous sector commercialization specialist to support innovators on their entrepreneurial journey.