Entrepreneurship to Be Featured at NDSU’s Possibility Showcase Event
March 24, 2024

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business will host the Possibility Showcase on Tuesday, April 16, in the Louise Auditorium at Richard H. Barry Hall. The event will feature two programs within the Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business: the Possibility Fellowship and the Problems to Possibilities program.

The Possibility Fellowship provides an opportunity for select students to meet monthly for unique lectures and in-depth discussions, read and analyze entrepreneurial publications, network with business leaders and attend events within the entrepreneurial community. This past year, the fellows have been developing skills such as prioritization, time management, leadership, interviewing, and relationship-building to create a start-up venture and put their findings in motion. Students were selected to join the Fellowship based on several eligibility requirements, including academic excellence, leadership abilities, and a knack for entrepreneurial creativity. Each Fellow received a $5,000 scholarship and travel stipend for conference attendance and professional development. This fellowship has been made possible by visionary faculty and philanthropic gifts. This year, the program includes four groups of fellows who have spent the year working on innovative start-up ideas. They include:

  • “The Dad without the Phone Call ” – An app that tracks homeownership tasks.
  • A bio-agricultural inoculant that will save local farmers thousands of dollars.
  • A device that captures and reuses humidity from washing machines.
  • A service that “democratizes genetic engineering” by helping researchers evaluate the manipulability of microbes.

Problems to Possibilities (P2P) challenges students to think differently about entrepreneurship and change-making. It leverages systems thinking and local networks to drive social, environmental, and economic progress. This past year, students have worked to research, analyze, and map an issue facing this generation. Ten teams will be competing for an opportunity to attend the Banff Systems Summit (Banff, Canada) or Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge (San Diego, CA). All teams will have their projects on display during the exhibit and the winning teams will present during the showcase. Topics include inclusive clothing for individuals with Down syndrome, obesity in North Dakota youth and food insecurity issues within Cass and Clay counties.

Students from the ENTR 401 Entrepreneurship Capstone course will also have their projects on display. The keynote address will be delivered by Ryan Raguse, an NDSU alumnus, successful entrepreneur and co-founder of Bushel.

An RSVP is encouraged but not required. RSVP here.

Event Details: Possibility Showcase

  • Date: Tuesday, April 16
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Louise Auditorium, Richard H. Barry Hall | 811 2nd Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58102
  • RSVP: Click here
  • This event is free and open to the public!

What to expect:

  • 4:00 p.m. – Social, hors d’oeuvres and student project exhibit
  • 4:50 p.m. – Keynote by Ryan Raguse, President & co-founder of Bushel
  • 5:15 p.m. – Student pitches and presentations
  • 6:00 p.m. – Conclusion