The North is different – it’s a place where ideas are nurtured, community is valued, opportunities are created, and problems aren’t just discussed – they’re worked on – and solved. See for yourself.

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 […]

Investor-led series aims to demystify venture capital in Minneapolis-Saint Paul

A top goal the Forge North coalition set for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region over the next three years is to double the number of local ventures that raise an early stage funding round. We’ll be working towards that goal in all sorts of ways, from helping bring more investors from around the world to our […]


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? […]

New MSP Startup Compass helps entrepreneurs navigate 500+ local resources

Starting and scaling a venture can be both rewarding and fun. But it certainly isn’t easy. Fortunately, founders and their teams don’t have to go it alone here in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. There are more than 500 formal resources available in our community, from accelerator programs, to funds and competitions, events and trainings, mentor networks and […]

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 […]

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