Persevere Podcast

EP 5: North Dakota: An Entrepreneurial Gold Mine

In this episode, we welcome Hannah Lange to the Persevere Podcast. Hannah shares the story of how her path led her to be the Venture Financing Manager of the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce’s Development Fund. 


Starting at NDSU in 2016, she quickly found a spot for herself in the Bison Fund and eventually became its COO. On numerous industry trips, she realized that not many women were involved in the financial pursuits in which she was interested. Hannah and a friend started an organization at NDSU called Women in Business. By gaining connections with students and community leaders in this group, she co-founded a venture capital fund under NDSU that raised over $100,000 by the time of her graduation. Throughout all of these experiences, she has challenged herself to persevere by making herself uncomfortable and trying new things.


Hannah discusses how the Development Fund is an economic tool of North Dakota to bring new jobs, industries, and businesses to the state. The Development Fund offers venture financing, loans, and other unique financial tools to incentivize business investments in the state. The fund also connects companies to private banks, venture capital firms, community leaders, economic development agencies, and the state bank to find ways to bring more economic activity to North Dakota.


Hannah shares her love for North Dakota’s business, education, and banking culture. She explains how easily people can make connections in the state and that everyone is interested in seeing the state’s economy flourish.


Hannah dispels the myth that North Dakota is interested in only agricultural ventures. She explains how North Dakota and the Development Fund are striving to build a sustainable economy through diversification into medical technology and many other industries.


Listen in to learn more about Hannah and how North Dakota may just be the perfect place to start your own business!


Connect with Hannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannahlange1/


EP 17: Build your brand as a force for good

We find fulfillment by serving others. Join our conversation with founder and CEO of We First, Simon Mainwaring. Simon is a global thought leader, author and keynote speaker. Tune in to hear how he is inspiring companies to find their purpose.

EP 16 How to Take on Any Hardship Life Throws at You

How mindfulness and optimism can shape your experience and help you live a full life. Join Patty and Kevin to talk about how Kevin's fight with cancer lead him to live a fuller and happier life than before his diagnosis.

EP 15: Creating Culture: Hiring That Goes Beyond Skills

At the core of every business is its people. Patty sat down with Erik and Peter Stenehjem of First International Bank and Trust to discuss how their family business has created a concrete culture that supports the individual employee and the organization’s growth.

EP 14: What It Takes to Be Successful in Business and Life

In this episode of the Persevere Podcast, Patty chats with Chris Berg, a media host, and personality about what it takes to succeed in business and life - including practical tips for overall success and a great morning routine.

EP 13: Personal Branding: How to Establish and Own Your Personal Brand

In this episode, Patty chats with Mel Stanley about personal branding and setting yourself apart as a confident woman in the business world. 

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