The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced today the official launch of its new Innovate ND program. The expanded program is focused on fostering innovation and accelerating venture formation and growth for entrepreneurs in the state.
“It is an exciting time to be an entrepreneur in North Dakota,” Jared Stober, entrepreneurship program manager, said in a news release. “This new program is designed to capitalize on previous successes and brand development efforts, and move to the next level in helping entrepreneurs grow their business. The new features announced today are designed to help people with innovative ideas build a business no matter what stage they are at.”
Stober, who is new to the role of entrepreneurship program manager at the commerce department, brings a history of entrepreneurial success to the position. After graduating from UND with a business degree in marketing and entrepreneurship, he joined his family’s flax seed business, Flax USA, and expanded its distribution to a national level. His accomplishments won him recognition as one of the top 40 business people under the age of 40 in the December 2013 issue of Prairie Business.