UND 혁신 재단 센터

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UND 혁신 재단 센터는 (UND Center for Innovation Foundation)  1944 년 설립 당시 미국의 첫 창업 서비스지원 센터들중 하나였습니다. 재단은 혁신자, 창업가, 학생들의 새로운 벤처기업의 창업, 신기술을 상품화 하는데 도움을 주었으며, 안정적인 민간 및 공공부문으로 부터의 자본금 유치하도록 도왔습니다. 재단의 방향과 비젼에 따라 제공하였던 서비스들의 경험들을 통해 노스다코다/미네소타 EB-5 지역센터는 자신있게 EB-5 투자기회들을 파악하고 개발할 수 있다고 생각합니다.

재단은 University of North Dakota 내에 기술 인큐베이터 두 곳을 관리하고 있으며 노스다코다 주의 기술 커뮤니티들에게 SBIR 서비스를 제공하고 그랜드 폭스, 파고, 와프톤, 포스톤, 비스마르크 도시를 포함한 노스다코다 와 미네소타 전지역에 걸쳐 다양한 엔젤펀드를 형성시키고 있습니다. 벤처자금을 관리하는 학생들의 미국내의 안식처와 같은 곳이며 학생들이 직접적으로 실질적인 투자결정을 내릴 수 있는 곳입니다.  재단은 6,000 명이 넘는 고용을 한 660 개의 스타트업을 조성하였으며, $140 M 가 넘는 투자금을 이끌어냈습니다. 2003년에는 $4.4 백만불의 Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur center의 투자자금을 확보하며 노스다코다주에서 가장 우수한 경제 개발 재단으로 지명되었습니다.

UND 혁신 재단 센터의 비젼과 목적은 창업 서비스지원과 교육분야에 국가적인 리더쉽을 유지하고 미국 농촌 지역의 기술 창업의 리더가 되고자 하는데 있습니다. 저희의 목표는:

  • 창업 벤처기업들의 성장
  • 혁신 조성
  • 창업 자본의 안전한 접근
  • 최고수준의 창업 인프라 제공
  • 세계수준의 창업 교육 제공

알려진 성과

UND 혁신 재단 센터는 혁신, 창업, 그리고 경제개발 부분에서 12 개의 내셔널 어워드를 받았습니다.  가장 최근인 2013년 9월 16일에는  노스다코다/미네소타 EB-5 지역센터의 운영이 투자 자본 접근성 향상에 기여했다는 이유로 the State Science & Technology Institute 에서 수여하는 기술기반 경제 발전 우수 재단상을  수상하였습니다. 또한 재단은 2006  이래로 4 개의 NBIA Soft Landings International Incubator designation 상을 받았습니다.  (5000 개의 세계 인큐베이터들중 25 개의 수상자들 중 한 곳). 비즈니스 인큐베이터로서 많은 회사들이 국제적으로 확장할수 있도록 도와주면서 “Soft Landing International Incubator”의 취지에 걸맞은 재단이라는 것을 증명했습니다.

재단은 Princeton Review 와 Entrepreneur magazine 의 “Best Schools for Entrepreneurs” 에서 2600개의 미국내 창업프로그램중 Top 25위 안에 포함된 University of North Dakota 의 창업 프로그램을 전폭적으로 지원을 하고 있습니다. 현재 University of North Dakota 에는 창업과 관련된 전공이 60개가 있으며 250 명이상의 학생들이 이 수업들을 듣고 있습니다.

World Renown Board Members

Dale MorrisonChairman: Dale F. Morrison is a founding partner of TriPointe Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm based in New York City. Prior to launching TriPointe Capital Partners, Morrison served seven years as Chief Executive Officer of McCain Foods, an international leader in the frozen food industry, employing 20,000 people and operating 53 production facilities in 14 countries on six continents. McCain products are sold in 130 countries around the globe. Prior to leading McCain Foods, Morrison was an Executive at Fenway Partners, a middle market buyout firm based in New York City, where he worked on a number of assignments in the consumer products space. Morrison was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Soup Company and began his career at General Foods and PepsiCo, where he had significant international responsibilities. Morrison is a board member of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. and InterContinental Hotels Group. Originally from Milton, North Dakota, Morrison earned a business degree from the University of North Dakota in 1971. Morrison currently serves as a member of the National Campaign Steering Committee to raise $300 million for the University of North Dakota and previously served as President on the University of North Dakota Foundation Board from 1995 to 2004.

 

Randy NewmanVice Chairman: Randy Newman is Chief Executive Officer and President of Alerus Financial Corporation. Alerus Financial Corporation is one of the largest and oldest independent banking and financial services companies in the upper Midwest with total bank assets exceeding $1.1 billion, $8 billion in customer assets under management and administration, and $350 million in brokerage assets. Alerus now operates 18 locations in North Dakota, Minnesota and Arizona, area. Newman has been Chairman of Alerus Financial Bank since 1993. Newman served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) in Des Moines, Iowa, from 2004 to 2008 and was named by NorthWestern Financial Review as the 2008 Banker of the Year. Newman received his Batchelor of Science in Business Administration in 1975 and his Master of Business Administration in 1979 from the University of North Dakota.

 

 

James C RayTreasurer: James C. Ray is President of the Aerospace Capital Group and President of the Ray Foundation of Naples, Florida. Since the late 1960s, Ray has served as President of the Ray Foundation, which distributed millions of dollars in royalties earned from the development and sale of a cattle vaccine to a variety of programs especially in aerospace and entrepreneurship. Ray has invested in more than 300 high tech aerospace and computer ventures, including Compaq Computer. Ray is also the lead investor in the Hilton Garden Inn located adjacent to the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation. Ray has contributed more than $12 million to the University of North Dakota, making him one of university’s largest benefactors. Ray has served on the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation Board since 2001. Additionally, the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation awarded Ray the 2012 Lindbergh Spirit Award, which is given every five years for pioneering achievements in an aviation career with the spirit and character that represents the best of this nation.

 

Bart HoladayTrustee: Bart Holaday was head of the private markets group of UBS Asset Management and its predecessor entities for 15 years prior to his retirement in 2001, during which time he managed more than $19 billion in investments. Holaday is currently the President and owner of Dakota Renewable Energy Fund, LLC, which invests in early stage ventures in North Dakota. He is on the Boards of Directors of Adams Street Partners, a private equity investment firm; Alerus Financial; Montana Dakota Utilities; the United States Air Force Academy Endowment (former-Chairman); the Falcon Foundation (former Vice President); and is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Dakota Foundation. Holaday previously served as Vice President of the InnoVen Venture Capital Group and was a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association and Walden University. Holaday is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. Holaday was a Rhodes Scholar earning a master degree from Oxford University. Holaday also earned a law degree from George Washington Law School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. In 2005, Holaday was awarded an honorary doctor of letters from the University of North Dakota. He has served on the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation Board since 2002.

 

Howard DahlTrustee: Howard Dahl is President and Chief Executive Officer of Amity Technology in Fargo and Chief Executive Officer of joint venture AGCO-Amity JV since 2010. Amity markets farm equipment in 14 countries while AGCO, based in Duluth, Georgia, has more than 2,700 dealers and operates in 140 countries. Dahl heads the AGCO-Amity effort to manufacture and market air seeders and tillage equipment. Dahl continues to run Amity Technology with its sugar beet manufacturing equipment. Dahl started Concord Inc. in 1977 with his brother, Brian Dahl, and father, Gene Dahl, who was Chairman on Steiger Tractor Co. Board. Dahl received an honorary degree from the University of North Dakota in 2010.

 

 

 

JerryTrustee: Jerry Van Eeckhout joined the Board of Directors in 2008. Van Eeckhout is Chairman of Evergreen Enterprises, LLC and previously served as Chief Executive Officer of ConferTech International (NASDAQ) from 1982 to 1990 and Chief Executive Officer of ACT Teleconferencing (NASDAQ) from 1990 to 2003, when he retired. Van Eeckhout’s management career includes seven years as Controller, Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer of Medtronic, Inc (NYSE), five years as Chief Financial and Planning Officer of the Pillsbury Co. International Division (NYSE), and eight years as a CPA with Touche Ross and Co., in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Van Eeckhout received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of North Dakota in 1962 and is a 1976 graduate of the Stanford Business School Executive Program. Van Eeckhout served as a Director of several public and private companies in the United States and China in the telecommunications, food, medical technology and non-profit sectors. Van Eeckhout is a former national Director of the American Electronics Association, a past President of the University of North Dakota Foundation where he served for nine years. Van Eeckhout was named to the North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Rocky Mountain region. Van Eeckhout has served as a professor of accounting, finance, marketing, and international management at the University of Minnesota, the University of Denver and the University of Shanghai.

 

Richard McConnTrustee: Richard McConn is President and Chief Executive Officer of M International of McLean, Virginia which he founded in 1979. M International has become a leading solutions provider of new aviation parts, overhaul and repair, and aftermarket and technology support in the aerospace and defense industries in North America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa. McConn is a native of Valley City, North Dakota and a 1966 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. McConn served in the office of the United States Air Force Vice Chief of Staff and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and then as a White House aide to President Nixon. McConn was a founding Director of the United States Air Force Academy Endowment and is currently on the boards of the Falcon Foundation and the National Defense Industrial Association. McConn received the United States Air Force Academy Distinguished Graduate Award for 2011. McConn has served as Trustee of the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation since 2013.

 

 

Linda PancratzTrustee: Linda Pancratz is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mountain Capital of Edwards, Colorado. Pancratz was Chairmain of the University of North Dakota Foundation Board and Co-Chaired the National Campaign Steering Committee for the $300 million fund raising campaign recently completed. Pancratz was a telecommunications entrepreneur holding several senior management positions with U.S. West including Vice President for small business services. Pancratz retired as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of TDL Infomedia in the United Kingdom. Pancratz is a native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and a 1977 graduate of the University of North Dakota.

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