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Minneapolis-Saint Paul

The startup capital of the north


With the country’s largest statewide new venture competition, dozens of incubators and accelerators, one of the world’s leading Startup Week festivals, and the highest density of Fortune 500 companies, Minneapolis-Saint Paul offers a robust set of opportunities and resources no matter your stage.


Whether expanding your portfolio, looking for your next investment partner, or eyeing your next exit, you need to have a presence in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Our region has launched more than 50 Fortune 500 companies & the world’s largest private company, and has raised billions in venture capital in the last 5 years.


We do things differently in the North. Minnesotans have some of the strongest work ethic in the world—we are passionate community builders committed to creating the economy of the future. Perhaps this is the one of the happiest, healthiest places because we get involved and give first.

Minneapolis-Saint Paul, USA

Minnesotans are problem solvers. Solving the world’s biggest problems is how we became the best place to grow global giants. We’ve grown 50 Fortune 500 companies in our backyard. That story continues today in what Forbes + Rise of the Rest describe as one of the country’s top rising startup cities.

Global Leadership

  • We are Medical Alley

    We’re in the global epicenter of health innovation & care that stretches from the HQs of global leaders like Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, and UnitedHealth Group to the nearly $3 billion in venture funding raised over the past 5 years.

  • We lead from Farm to Fork

    With 5 of the world’s 30 largest food and agriculture companies headquartered here, Minneapolis-Saint Paul has the talent, expertise, capital, and professional services to scale. It’s why Techstars launched its the Farm-to-Fork Accelerator here.

Want to learn more or get connected to what Minneapolis-Saint Paul has to offer?

“Minneapolis-Saint Paul is a great place for Upsie to grow because of the vast talent in our community.”

“This is a great place to call home, this is a great place to build a company, this is a great place to scale and build your career and your life.”

“With the high density of Fortune 500 companies in the cities, our startups also have access to great business development and partnership opportunities.”

“Minnesota is the type of ecosystem that you’re no more than one to two degrees separation from meeting all the people you need to meet in the first month you’re here. Within my first 30 days of moving to Minnesota I had met all the big movers and shakers—CEO’s of tech companies that have scaled and done some great things.”


Interested in helping share Minnesota’s story? There are many ways you can get involved. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


    When we set specific and ambitious goals, we can focus on measuring what matters and rallying around opportunities to win together. Help us move from general momentum to intentional results by telling us about the goals you think matter most for the ecosystem.


    Each month hundreds of events take place in Minneapolis-Saint Paul to support innovators, makers and entrepreneurs. Find something that looks interesting and mark your calendar!


    Are you sovling big problems? Do you know others who are? Celebrate proudly! Tag us at @forgenorthmn or use the hashtag #forgenorth so we can help amplify your message.


    Forge North was made possible through the direct efforts of dozens of people throughout the region’s startup & innovation ecosystem. We are thankful for the efforts and collaborative spirit of people like you. Help build a stronger Greater MSP region by joining and shaping this engaged community.

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