About

We believe the most successful entrepreneurs are those who learn and lead with empathy. By understanding the problems and pain-points of others they can create world-changing solutions, which all begins by being nice.

The Nice Center at North Dakota State University supports budding entrepreneurs toward success and believes that the formative benefits of becoming more entrepreneurial should be experienced by all.

Team Leaders

  • Scott Meyer
    Scott Meyer is the Ozbun Executive Director of Entrepreneurship at North Dakota State University. He founded The Nice Center, an entrepreneurship center for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
  • Dane Johnson
    As Programs Manager at The Nice Center, Dane's mission is to increase the participation and depth of entrepreneurial activity on campus and across the great state of North Dakota.
  • Tayt Rinehardt
    Tayt serves as The Nice Center’s Business Coordinator. With a background in academic advising, and more than a decade-long career in higher education, his experience provides the operational support we need to be successful.

Nice Community Fellows

Fargo-Moorhead is a place where entrepreneurship thrives because dozens of community members make it their mission to build out the ecosystem and mentor new entrepreneurs. These Nice Community Fellows support entrepreneurial initiatives, create events, and are dedicated to our mission of making entrepreneurship for all.

  • Ole Rygg
    Founder at skildU & CO.STARTERS Facilitator
  • Greg Tehven
    Executive Director at Emerging Prairie
  • Ryan Keel
    Founder at CollegeSmart
  • Christy Tehven
    Founder at Love Always Floral
  • Joe Burgum
    Founder at Folkways
  • Danyel Moe
    Founder at LadyBoss FM
  • Than Baardson
    Executive Director at Unseen
  • Stephanie Cossette
    Events Coordinator at Emerging Prairie
  • Jake Joraanstad
    CEO at Bushel

Nice Faculty Fellows

Entrepreneurship is not owned by the College of Business; it should be across campus and the community. It also should not be limited to the idea of launching a business and making money. It can include innovation and creativity, as well. That’s why we rallied together the Nice Faculty Fellows: to integrate innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship into courses and research.

  • Carrie Anne Platt
    Communication
  • Chad Ulven
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Yang Song
    Landscape Architecture
  • Achintya Bezbaruah
    Civil Engineering
  • Tim Peterson
    Management
  • Ranjani Ganesh-Pillai
    Marketing
  • Michael Strand
    Visual Arts & Architecture
  • Kyle Vanderburg
    Music
  • Jeremy Jackson
    Agribusiness & Economics
  • Fardad Azarmi
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Elizabeth Crawford
    Communication & Advertising
  • David Crutchfield
    Architecture
  • Angela Smith
    History

2019 Inaugural Nice Student Fellows

Our inaugural Nice Student Fellows hailed from a variety of education backgrounds and had distinct visions for their futures, but all shared a belief in the power of entrepreneurship to make positive change in our world.

  • Andrea Erlandson
    Psychology & Sociology with a minor in Music
  • Negin Zamani
    Master of Business Administration
  • Nadia Mitchell
    Business Administration with a minor in Entrepreneurship
  • Danica McDonald
    Music & Economics with a minor in Computer Science
  • James Slagle
    Finance Major
  • Bryce Bakkegard
    Accounting Major
  • Hunter Pogatchnik
    Marketing Major