Bruce Gjovig is the entrepreneur coach and founding director of the Center for Innovation at the University of North Dakota. Launched in 1984, the Center has been actively involved in over 400 entrepreneurial ventures and product introductions.
Gjovig is a champion for entrepreneur causes including fostering innovation, tech incubators, university tech parks, tech entrepreneur outreach programs as well as angel, seed and venture capital initiatives across the Upper Great Plains. He was a leader in founding the Center for Innovation, the Skalicky Tech Incubator, the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, the UND Technology Park, the North Dakota Venture Capital Fund, the Beginning Entrepreneur Loan Program, the 45% seed capital tax credit in North Dakota, the UND Patent & Trademark Depository Library, the North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, the North Dakota Business Innovator of the Year award, and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program in North Dakota – vital infrastructure for entrepreneurship and innovation to flourish. He serves on the board of PrairieGold Venture Capital, LLC of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The Center and Mr. Gjovig have received five (5) national awards for excellence in entrepreneur outreach and innovation. In Oct. 2004, Forbes and Princeton Review named UND and the Center for Innovation as one of America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges, ranked at #14 out of 357 colleges. Gjovig was awarded the Entrepreneur Spirit Award from the Greater North Dakota Association in 2004 and was named 2003 SBA Research Advocate of the Year for North Dakota as well as the six-state SBA region for excellence in facilitating research with tech entrepreneurs (includes Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota). In 2001, Gjovig received a surprise induction into the North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of Fame by the entrepreneur advisory board for his national contributions to the field of entrepreneurship.
Gjovig was editor and developer of The Business Plan: Step-by-Step and The Marketing Plan: Step-by-Step workbooks, national publications on how to research and write business plans and marketing plans. These are the first workbooks of their kind to target technology and manufacturing startup ventures. Over 110,000 copies have been sold, placing them in the top 5% of all business books sold. They are ideal for new ventures with new technologies or improved product and services. He is the author of several books and articles on North Dakota entrepreneurs and “Pardon Me, Your Manners are Showing!,” a book for college students on professional etiquette, protocol and diplomacy.