- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A group of entrepreneurial North Dakotans are trying to capture the state’s pioneering spirit and create a start-up business culture in the state’s capital city.

Start Bismarck is a grassroots organization that hopes to foster a culture conducive to start-up companies in Bismarck, the Bismarck Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/1zbNzUN ). The group’s goal is to connect creative entrepreneurs with a community that supports and inspires them.

Justin Walsh, one of the organizers of Start Bismarck and co-founder of Todaymade, a web design company, said too many people think they need to leave Bismarck or North Dakota to do something interesting. But Walsh said startup communities have started to develop across the Midwest, not just on the coasts. He said Boulder, Colorado, was one of the first and said Omaha, Nebraska, and Kansas City, Missouri, have followed suit. “Even Fargo now,” he said.

“We don’t need anyone to move here to have a startup community,” Walsh told the newspaper.

The group plans to host a “Startup Weekend” in January where attendees will share ideas and try to start a business together in about two days by doing market research and developing a business plan.

The group also hopes to bring TEDx, an idea-sharing event, to Bismarck in the spring.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com


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