Every year, Emerging Prairie works to support and grow our entrepreneurial ecosystem. One way they do this is through their cohorts, which are 16-week programs designed to help companies ensure that they are being built upon a firm foundation.
Just like emerging Prairie, we at Fargo INC! want to celebrate and support the entrepreneurial ecosystem. That’s why we teamed up with them to introduce you to a number of entrepreneurs involved in their cohorts!
Kendra Dujmovic and her company Thaea LLC. are currently working towards Phase 3 of the InnovateND program with their product, RemoteWinBox.
Kendra is an NDSU graduate who has lived in Fargo her whole life. She graduated with a degree in psychology which she admits, doesn’t relate to technology. However, “it it does allow me to efficiently communicate to others, especially those outside of the software development field.”
What does your organization do?
We are a software development company that created RemoteWinBox. It is a SaaS that helps network engineers, consultants, and internet service providers access and automate their network in order to reduce the time and financial burden of managing a fleet of routers. In less than a year of operation, we have expanded our feature set from only offering remote access to an all-in-one network automation solution and have thousands of active routers and users.
How did you get into what you are doing/how and why did you form your organization?
I knew I wanted to be involved in building something from the ground up, but I wasn’t sure where to start. Luckily, I knew someone who had done just that and they were willing to help mentor and guide as my co-founders. We came together and put our knowledge and experience into a product that would help ease the burden of managing a large network of routers.
What drives you?
Representation. I think it’s important to represent not only women as entrepreneurs but also women in the technology field. I want other women and young girls to see that if I can do it, so can they.
What did you learn from the cohort?
The best support you can get is not just from people who have been in your shoes, but also people who are currently in your shoes. You don’t have to look up at success to reach it, you can find success where you are at. You just have to know where to look.
What else should we know about you/your organization?
We currently are heavily focusing on network management but have a lot of other ideas and plans in store to expand our audiences.
What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs out there?
Find a passion, find a friend, use your resources, and just get started.
Even though all of the entrepreneurs in this article were part of the Women’s Cohort and the Social Entrepreneur Cohort, Emerging Prairie also hosts a New American Cohort and will be kicking off a Native American Cohort and Black Founder Cohort soon. Stay tuned to our magazine for future updates on participants in these programs.