The Nice Center at North Dakota State University is an entrepreneurship center. Our mission is entrepreneurship for all.

We pursue this goal by teaching, training, and supporting students, faculty and community members. As a land-grant institution, our role is to serve the entire state of North Dakota, which is why we are here to serve North Dakotan entrepreneurs, no matter their age.

At the Nice Center, 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.

Team Nice

  • 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.
  • Kodee Furst
    Kodee Furst is a Programs Manager at The Nice Center with a focus on Greater North Dakota and underrepresented entrepreneurs. She heads up our Nice Center @ Dickinson location.
  • 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
  • Jake Joraanstad
    CEO at Bushel
  • Simone Wai
    Founder at Folkways

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.

2019-2020 Nice Faculty Fellows

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

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
    Business Administration Major
  • Bryce Bakkegard
    Business Administration Major
  • Hunter Pogatchnik
    Marketing Major