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

Amanda Heyman

Starting 11 Inc.

Co-founder

Ameeta Dale

Panache LLC

CEO

AMMI Risk Solutions

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 Dougherty

Benilde-St.Margaret's

Director of Research | Entrepreneurship | Design

Ann Holder

Odanata Medical

CEO + Founder

Aqualith Media

Avisen Legal, P.A.

Ben Paul

Ecotone Analytics

Strategic Partnerships/Business Development

Benjamin Brinkman

Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator

Vice President

BETA

Bete Noire Consulting LLC

Bob Freytag

Introworks

President

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 Beutner

AveMax, LLC

Principal

Brian Gustafson

Tonkawa

Managing Director, Investments, Carlson Family Office

Brittany Clements

Allianz Life Ventures

Investor

Brown Venture Group

Carl Sommerstad

The Network Connect

Managing Partner

Casey Shultz

BETA

Executive Director

Cathy Skinner

Thrivors Inc

Founder and CEO

Center for Economic Inclusion

Cheryl Behr

Vorsdatter Limited

Chief Operating Officer

Christine Beech

Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

Executive Director

Civic Eagle

Collectivity

Craig Britton

SwitchTrack

Partner

Dalton Scott

Conscious Connections

Founder

Damola Ogundipe

Civic Eagle

Co-Founder + CEO

David Elliston

SPS Commerce

Sr. Tech Recruiter

David Garcia

AMMI Risk Solutions

Founder and CEO

Diverse Supplier Development Corporation

Dr. Paul Campbell

Brown Venture Group

Co-Founder/Partner

Ecotone Analytics

Emily Soltvedt

Riverbridge Partners

Portfolio Manager

Evon M. Spangler

Spangler and de Stefano, PLLP

Managing Partner

Fahren

George Hadjiyanis

Launch Avenue

Founder and Principal Consultant

Glen Nelson Center at American Public Media

Global Minnesota

HipStar LLC

Igor Koshutin

HipStar LLC

CEO

Insight Marketing Solutions

Introworks

Isaak Rooble

Somali American National Institute-SANI

Director

Isaiah Goodman

MoneyVerbs, Inc.

Founder & CEO

J. DeVon Nolen

Bete Noire Consulting LLC

Primary

Jac Stark

tech.mn

Community Manager

Jade Barker

Silicon Prairie

Business Systems Consultant

Jason Breen

Target

Senior Director, Enterprise Accelerators

Jeff Bennett

Morari Medical

Founder and CEO

Jeff Freeland Nelson

Glen Nelson Center at American Public Media

Executive Director

Jeffrey C. Robbins

Avisen Legal, P.A.

Attorney

Jessica Berg

Minnesota Cup

Executive Director

Joe Ruekert

Co-Founder

Fahren

Judd Grutman

Vonzella

Founder

Julie DuRose

Sassy Lassy Interactive Events

Owner

Julie Kucinski

Pitchwell

Founder

Just Law LLC

Katharine Holland

86 Proof

Founder and CEO

Launch Avenue

Laurence Reszetar

Minnesota Trade Office

Director, International Business Strategy

Lewis Werner

Quill Security

CEO

Louis Garcia

Media Garcia

Co-Founder

Lunar Startups

Lurie, LLP

Maria Ploessl

Minnestar

Executive Director

Mark Ritchie

Global Minnesota

President

Mary Grove

Bread & Butter Ventures

Managing Partner

Matt Brown

Partner

Lurie, LLP

Matt Lewis

GREATER MSP

Max Musicant

The Musicant Group

Founder + President

Meda

Media Garcia

Medical Alley Association

Michael Jones

TCF Financial Corporation

Executive Vice President, Regional Banking

Michelle “MJ” Johnson

Venn Foundation

Director, Business Development

Minnestar

Money Verbs

Morari Medical

NearestYou

Nick Wolff

Meda

Business Consultant

Panache LLC

Patrick Shumaker

The Navio Group

Principal

Paul Mara

Diverse Supplier Development Corporation

Diverse Business Resource Consultant/Advisor

Pitchwell

Riverbridge Partners

Robert H. Scarlett

Venn Foundation

Board Chair

Rod Larkin

Auri

Senior Director of Science and Technology

Room2A

Russ Straate

University of Minnesota Tech Comm

Associate Director, Venture Center

Ryan Furness

NearestYou

Founder

Ryan Heck

Aqualith Media

Designer, Consultant, Publisher

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota | Kabara Institute

Salo

Sam Myers

Dillard Movers/Dillard Services

Operations Manager

Sam Ndely

Center for Economic Inclusion

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

Sassy Lassy Interactive Events

SCORE Twin Cities

Scott D. Cole

Collectivity

CEO and Co-founder

Silicon Prairie

Somali American National Institute (SANI)

Spangler and de Stefano, PLLP

Starting 11

Startup Space

Steve Vnoucek

Insight Marketing Solutions

Founder

Tawanna Black

Center For Economic Inclusion

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

tech.mn

The Musicant Group

The Network Connect

Thrivors

Tin Roof Collective

Trista Harris

Room2A

Co-Founder

University of Minnesota Tech Comm

Venn Foundation

Vonzella

Vorsdatter Limited

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

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