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Demystifying Venture Capital: March 25 Recap

On March 25, 2020, we kicked off an investor-led series developed to help achieve our goal of doubling the number of local ventures that raise an early-stage round of funding. Co-hosted by Brett Brohl of Syndicate Fund and Mary Grove of Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, the following topics were discussed: What is VC and when […]


Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the startup capital of the North. Our entrepreneurial community is growing by leaps and bounds. But what’s on the horizon? Our ambition is to make this region the best place for people from every background to start & scale ventures that create wealth by solving global challenges. But where do we start? […]

Introducing the Forge North Leadership Council

People built the Forge North coalition to go further together. And those people have a bold ambition here in the Startup Capital of the North. By 2030, the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region will be the best place for people from every background to start & scale ventures that build wealth by solving global challenges. To […]

HORIZON Recap + Next Steps

“I think we can all agree that what we’ve built over the last 10 years, 15 years here is wonderful, but we can also all agree that it’s something we want to make better.” -Damola Ogundipe, Civic Eagle Two years ago, a ragtag group from the startup community began to meet over happy hour. They […]

Apply for Forge North Leadership Council

Forge North is a coalition-based effort to build the problem-solving capital of the new economy. The initiative is designed to align partners who work across industries and communities to start ventures, solve problems, and scale impact. It’s now a strategic initiative of the GREATER MSP Partnership, the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region’s 501c3 public-private economic development […]

Telling stories to grow community

Starting Up North aims to tell stories, share insights and provoke interest in the innovation that goes on in Minnesota and surrounding communities by Stephanie Rich It can sometimes seem like the Minnesota startup community exists in another world. One that sits alone in the Minnesota economy, separate from the rest of what’s happening throughout […]

Q&A on the Minnesota Innovation Collaborative

by Jessica Berg (MN Cup) and Adam Choe (Gener8tor) As partners in Forge North, we’re part of a broader movement of entrepreneurs, investors, makers, collaborators, and allies from all industries and sectors working together to make Minnesota the problem-solving capital of the new economy. And as leaders of entrepreneurial support organizations, we’re familiar with the […]

Calling all food & agriculture innovators

For generations, Minnesota has been leading the way to the future of food. Today, we’re home to five of the world’s largest food & agriculture companies, a hub of food & agriculture talent, and home to thousands of career opportunities. But that doesn’t mean we have all the great ideas. Many of the world’s leading […]