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Join the NDSU Foundations student-led venture capital fund. Gain real-world investment skills, boost your career path, and invest in your future!

Invest in Learning

Leading Students and Startups Towards Success Through

Manage a real investment portfolio and master entrepreneurship with mentorship from industry professionals. Our student-led venture capital program fosters community growth and equips you with high-demand skills for a promising career. Dive into diverse, hands-on learning and drive regional progress.
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Your Potential

Become an integral part of a unique venture capital experience that prepares you for tomorrow's financial landscape while making a real impact within the Midwest.


Gain wisdom from the best in the business. Our network of experienced investors and finance professionals offers an unmatched mentorship program, guiding you through complex investment landscapes.

Real-World Management

Pathway Ventures presents an unparalleled opportunity to manage a live investment portfolio. Experience firsthand the excitement and challenges of venture capital, and develop a strategic mindset.

Community Growth

Our investments go beyond profit – they're a lifeline for regional startups and contribute to the Midwest's economic vitality. We invest with a purpose, fostering an ecosystem where businesses and students can flourish.

A Community-Centric Approach

At Pathway Ventures, we believe in the power of community. Our investments are targeted towards startups and emerging companies connected to NDSU, thereby fostering regional growth. Our motto, "money from the community for the community," reflects our commitment to uplift Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding region.
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Board of Advisors

We are backed by a strong group of mentors and advisors.
James Burgum
Founder & Partner at Arthur Ventures
  • Founder and Partner of The Arthur Ventures
  • CEO & Board Member for Arthur Companies
Greg Syrup
Managing Director & General Partner, of 701 Fund
Other Current Positions
  • Adjunct Professor at University of North Dakota (Entrepreneurship)
  • Board Member for Grand Forks Country Club
  • CARES Program Director - Small Business Advisor for ND Small Business Development Committee
Nick Edwards
Founder and Managing Partner at BisonX
Former Positions:
  • Former NDSU Athlete & Alumni
  • GP, Executive Director and Managing Partner of BisonX
  • Has built many companies and exited, and participated in early-stage investing, leading SPVs and funds.
Georgia Paul
Program Manager at TechStars for their Farm to Fork Program (Minneapolis)
Former Positions:
  • Deal Sourcing Lead for Groove Capital
  • Graduate Research Assistant at University of North Dakota
  • Managing Associate at Dakota Venture Group
Tim Weelborg
Co-founder and Managing Partner at Homegrown Capital
Former Positions:
  • Adjunct Instructor at South Dakota State University (14 Years)
  • Founder of GoodLife Property Management, LLC (Successful Exit - 5 Years)
  • Business Consultant for the SD Small Business Development Center (10 Years)
Blaine Chrissman
Founder and Managing Partner at Badlands Capital
Former Positions:
  • Partner at Prism Mezzanine Fund, doing mezzanine and private equity investments in middle market companies (21 years)
  • High Yield Bond Origination at Bank of America (5 Years)
  • Commercial Lending at US Bank (8 Years)
  •  MBA from Duke University
Pathway Ventures' Pride

Our Alumni

Pathway Ventures at NDSU has not only impacted the community but also the lives of its members. The alumni of Pathway Ventures have gone on to lead successful careers, attributing their accomplishments to the skills and experiences they gained through the program. Below are some of our proud past participants whose stories inspire the next generation of venture leaders.
Hannah Lange
Nathan Marcotte
Dieumerci Christel
Trevor Schmidt
Tyson Marshall
Jacob Radke
Calvin Anderson
Nhu Bui
Jameson Holgerson

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Boost Your Career with Pathway Ventures

We’d love to hear from you! Joining Pathway Ventures equips you with practical skills that are highly coveted in the job market. Our program encourages diversity, fostering a rich environment for learning and idea generation. With us, you'll stand out to potential employers, giving you a competitive edge.
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