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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 an investment partner, or eyeing your next exit, you need to have a presence in MSP. 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 launched 50 Fortune 500 companies in our backyard. That story continues today in what Forbes + Rise of the Rest describe as a top rising startup city.

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.

Last year, Forge North partners attended Collision in Toronto alongside 8 incredible startups from our region. This year, we’ve decided to go virtual and will be attending Collision from Home with a new group of startups!

A total of 30,000 attendees will join Collision from Home to meet the most important people in their industry, share ideas, and make lifelong connections. Hosted by the team at Web Summit, Collision is working to build a custom platform and app to ensure the virtual experience will allow attendees to learn, connect, and build awareness for their work. The conference platform boasts an incredible lineup of keynotes, panels and workshops, while also unlocking a world of networking opportunities.

Three days. 100 hours of content. Thousands of valuable connections.

For startups, Collision has developed a startup program to shine a spotlight on early-stage startups with outstanding potential, connecting them with the world’s most influential investors, corporate representatives, and potential customers. Last year, participating startups raised over $5M in capital to help them scale. It is our hope that by attending Collision and other events we can continue to shine a light on our fastest-growing startups and bring additional capital to the region as we seek to double the number of MSP-based ventures that raise an early-stage round of funding each year by 2023.

This year, we are excited to announce the following 8 companies will be attending Collision as part of our MSP-based delegation:

BackpackEMR by Binary Bridge targets medical teams working in rural areas and is fully supported by Binary Bridge, a Public Benefit Company with a specific mission to improve access to healthcare and increase the quality of care in underserved locations by providing software solutions for mobile clinics in remote, low-resource areas.

Canomiks is the first technology company using Genomics, Bioinformatics, and an AI-based technology platform to test and certify biological efficacy and safety of ingredients and formulations. They have built exclusive IP and groundbreaking technology that is transforming the functional food and dietary supplement industry.

MoneyVerbs helps you build your best life and stop stressing about cash. A gamified platform, MoneyVerbs helps you get good at money – so you can skip the mistakes in real life. If you want to avoid the roller coaster of financial instability, you need to know how to save, spend, and invest your money.

NightWare helps people suffering from traumatic nightmares to get a more restful night’s sleep. A wearable technology, NightWare learns your sleep patterns and customizes a treatment for each individual, interrupting nightmares so you can get an uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Otrafy is an AI-powered supplier management system that manages and optimizes supplier quality assurance, helping food production facilities by providing actionable insights to mitigate vendor associated supply chain risks.

SayKid has developed the world’s 1st screenless, play-based learning platform. We combine voice tech in the form factor of a plush robot to help children learn in a safe, natural, and engaging way – children play the role of teacher and we promote group play to build those critical early relationships.

Virtue Analytics manages college recruitment, admissions, financial-aid on AI. An end-to-end SaaS platform improving student outcomes and increasing college revenue.

We Sparkle Co. helps businesses save time and increase revenues via a white-labeled conversational AI assistant that takes care of tedious administrative and marketing tasks so they can spend more time doing what they love.

Keep an eye on our social channels (@forgenorthmn) in the coming days to learn more about these startups and our experience at Collision from Home. Have questions? Email

“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.”


There are many ways you can learn more and get connected. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


    Do you want to learn more or get connected to what MSP has to offer? Email us at


    Earlier this year, we set bold goals for our region around early-stage capital, enterprise engagement, and racial equity. We’re focused on measuring what matters and rallying around opportunities to win together.


    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 solving 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.

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