FORGE NORTH BLOG

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.

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 […]

Busy April calendar brings visitors to Minneapolis-Saint Paul

The Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium may be behind us, but this community stays busy hosting guests all year round. While October is a fantastic time to visit Minneapolis-Saint Paul for events like Twin Cities Startup Week, Food Ag Ideas, MANOVA Summit, and BITCON, April is a busy month as well. And in addition […]

The State of Minnesota seeks to champion entrepreneurship. Will you help?

Governors and their administrations are uniquely equipped to elevate and advance important issues. Last year, I saw this firsthand while traveling to Nashville with Danielle Steer of Lunar Startups. The State of Tennessee – through its Launch Tennessee effort – was hosting the 36/86 Festival, connecting networks of Tennesseean entrepreneurs, investors, and collaborators with each […]

MSP #1 in New Biz Starts and #21 in Inc. Surge Cities Index

Today, Inc. and Startup Genome put out a report on the 50 Best Places in America to Start a Business. Minneapolis-St. Paul was ranked #21 on the list, which analyzed seven key indicators. See how Minneapolis-St. Paul stacks up below and learn more by checking out the complete Surge Cities Index. Shout out to all […]

MinneInno’s 19 MN Startups to Watch in 2019

Each year, MinneInno publishes a list of startups doing big things to keep an eye on in the year to come. We’re excited to see what these incredible Minnesota entrepreneurs, innovators and problem-solvers do in 2019! Learn more about all 19 startups on MinneInno or on their websites: RunerraNice HealthcareTake 12ConservisOmnia FishingCapita3Bind BenefitsAtland VenturesNightWareSezzleFoodsbyDispatchBright HealthLove Your MelonTotal […]

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