JOIN FORGE NORTH

The Forge North initiative is comprised of a coalition of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate innovators, entrepreneurial support organizations, and others committed to making Minneapolis-Saint Paul the best place for people from all backgrounds to start and scale ventures. Join us and become a partner in this effort.

OUR SHARED GOALS

The Forge North Leadership Council and founding partner organizations led the coalition in setting bold goals for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region’s startup ecosystem. Our focus for the next three years is on:

  • Early-stage Investment: to double the number of MSP-based ventures that report raising an early-stage round of capital
  • Enterprise Participation: to ensure that 100% of MSP’s billion-dollar businesses make significant investment in the MSP startup community
  • Racial Equity: to see leaders with an equity stake in MSP-based ventures reflect the region’s populations of Black, Indigenous, and people of color

If you’re working to advance these goals through your own organization or network, join your peers! There will be many ways to engage, participate, and contribute.

PARTNER DETAILS

As a Coalition Partner, you are committing to support the MSP entrepreneurial ecosystem and help achieve these regional goals. As a partner in this growing coalition, you can expect to:

JOIN A PEER GROUP

Connect with other peers such as leaders of entrepreneurial support organizations, venture capital firms, enterprise innovation teams, and more.

SHAPE DECISIONS

Work with the Forge North Leadership Council to design the coalition’s strategic priorities to advance our shared goals.

TAKE ACTION

Lead joint projects with other coalition members working to advance our goals locally and promote our region around the world.

COALITION PARTNERS

AllLeadership CouncilOrganizationsIndividuals

Amy Langer

Salo

Co-founder, Salo & Board Member, GREATER MSP Partnership

Anisha Murphy

Community Reinvestment Fund

Owner, Just Law LLC & Director of Community Advancement - Twin Cities, CRF

Ann Holder

Odanata Medical

CEO + Founder

Bread & Butter Ventures

Brett Brohl

Techstars Farm-to-Fork

Managing Director, Techstars Farm-to-Fork & Managing Partner, Bread & Butter Ventures

Brett Carter

Xcel Energy

EVP and Chief Customer + Innovation Officer & Board Member, GREATER MSP Partnership

Brian Gustafson

Tonkawa

Managing Director, Investments, Carlson Family Office

Civic Eagle

Dalton Scott

Conscious Connections

Founder

Damola Ogundipe

Civic Eagle

Co-Founder + CEO

David Elliston

SPS Commerce

Sr. Tech Recruiter

Global Minnesota

Isaiah Goodman

MoneyVerbs, Inc.

Founder & CEO

Jason Breen

Target

Senior Director, Enterprise Accelerators

Jessica Berg

Minnesota Cup

Executive Director

Judd Grutman

Vonzella

Founder

Just Law LLC

Lewis Werner

Quill Security

CEO

Mary Grove

Bread & Butter Ventures

Managing Partner

Matt Lewis

GREATER MSP

Meda

Michael Jones

TCF Financial Corporation

Executive Vice President, Regional Banking

Money Verbs

NearestYou

Ryan Furness

NearestYou

Founder

Salo

Sam Ndely

Center for Economic Inclusion

Director of Employer Inclusivity, CEI & Co-Founder, Graveti

Starting 11

Startup Space

Thrivors

Vonzella

Coalition partners are updated on a rolling basis. Check back soon to see new partners!

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