AMONG THE FIRST IN THE NATION
Established in 1984, the UND Center for Innovation Foundation was founded
by Bruce Gjovig as one of the first entrepreneur outreach centers in the United
States and has grown to become the leading rural entrepreneur facility in the nation.
ESTABLISHED IN 1984
Established in 1984, the UND Center for Innovation Foundation was founded by Bruce Gjovig as one of the first entrepreneur outreach centers in the United States and has grown to become the leading rural entrepreneur facility in the nation. It provides assistance to innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to launch new ventures, commercialize new technologies, and secure access to capital from private and public sources.
The Foundation manages two technology incubators, the Skalicky Tech Incubator and the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center. Both are located in the University of North Dakota Tech Park on the western edge of the campus to encourage and foster entrepreneur initiatives and new ventures in the region.
AMONG THE TOP ENTREPRENEUR CENTERS
The UND Center for Innovation Foundation has received national and international awards for excellence in fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and access to entrepreneur capital. North Dakota has recognized the Center as the state’s first Center for Excellence in Economic Development. Other awards include the State Science and Technology Institute Excellence in Technology-Based Economic Development award and the International Business Incubation Association’s Incubator Innovation Award.
The UND Center for Innovation Foundation is also featured by the Regional Innovation Acceleration Network for best practices and outstanding performance of venture development, and holds a Soft Landings International Incubator certification from the International Business Incubation Association.
TOGETHER WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
The UND Center for Innovation Foundation empowers students through several internships opportunities available for individuals enrolled in any major at the University of North Dakota (UND). Since most internships are considered UND employment, international students are also welcome to apply. These experiential learning opportunities provide an environment outside the classroom where students can experiment, explore their creativity, learn by doing, and gain valuable experience that will be useful for the rest of their lives.
The UND Center for Innovation is a division of the UND College of Business & Public Administration. The Center for Innovation Foundation is a separate 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that serves to link successful entrepreneurs, the UND Center for Innovation and its two tech incubators in the UND Tech Park and the UND School of Entrepreneurship, to encourage and foster entrepreneur initiatives and new ventures in the region.
UND CENTER FOR INNOVATION FOUNDATION LEADERSHIP
Dale Morrison - Chair
Randy Newman – Vice Chair
Charles J. Ahearn – Treasurer
Bart Holaday – Past Chair
Gerald Van Eeckhout
James C. Ray – Emeritus
William Ness – Emeritus
Russ Brown – Emeritus
Fran Jabara – Emeritus
Ex-Officio Non-Voting Members:
Mark Kennedy – President, University of North Dakota
Thomas M. DiLorenzo – Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, University of North Dakota
Margaret Williams – Dean, UND College of Business & Public Administration
Andrew Allen – President, Dakota Venture Group
DeAnna Carlson Zink – CEO, UND Alumni Association & Foundation
Bruce Gjovig – CEO, UND Center for Innovation Foundation
Director and Entrepreneur Coach, UND Center for Innovation