Dream Bigger

When we set specific and ambitious goals across our ecosystem, we can focus on measuring what matters and rallying a diverse community around opportunities to win together. Help us move from general momentum to intentional results by setting goals.

Are you working to solve real problems, including some of the world’s biggest challenges? You’re not alone. Throughout the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region and across Minnesota, more problem solvers are starting new ventures and scaling their impact. In recent years, people here have built one of the country’s largest and fastest growing startup communities.

Yet, we are only scratching the surface of what’s possible. The region still trails top peers in key areas, from the number of new startup companies to the inclusion of entrepreneurs from every background.

Motivated to dream bigger, a diverse group of partners across the local startup and innovation ecosystem built the Forge North coalition. We share a bold ambition for the next decade: By 2030, the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region will be the best place for people from every background to start & scale ventures that create wealth by solving global challenges.

Where do we start? The Forge North Leadership Council, working on behalf of this growing coalition, needs your input to prioritize goals over the next 3 years. What do you think success looks like across our ecosystem?

“Dreaming Big is spectacularly wise! Bringing collective intentionality and energy to the entrepreneurial community has the potential to transform lives.”

Angie BastianCo-Founder, Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP

“By working collectively we’re harnessing that wisdom to create a region that looks, feels, and acts inclusively while creating opportunities and solving big problems.”

Damola OgundipeCo-founder + CEO, Civic Eagle

“Metrics are important when looking at how the ecosystem is doing. At the end of the day how are we doing compared to other communities? What are other communities doing that we should learn from? Running a business, if you didn’t have metrics you’d be laughed out of your job.”

Jim MoarCo-founder, Minnesota Emerging Software Advisory (MESA)

“We’re fortunate in that we as a community have some high arching objectives, but we also have data that shows where we are falling short. At the state and regional level, collectively, our impact is going to be far greater if we’re all rowing in the same direction and if we’re working towards the same outcomes.”

Channon LemonVice President of Economic Development, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

“Dreaming big is the only way to move a city like Minneapolis forward. Big dreams is what made Minneapolis the thriving metropolis it is today. We must dream bigger to achieve the next iteration of ourselves.”

Brett CarterEVP and Chief Customer and Innovation Officer, Xcel Energy

“We’re fortunate in that we as a community have some high arching objectives, but we also have data that shows where we are falling short. At the state and regional level, collectively, our impact is going to be far greater if we’re all rowing in the same direction and if we’re working towards the same outcomes.”

Brett BrohlManaging Director, Techstars Farm-to-Fork Accelerator; Syndicate Fund