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Minneapolis-Saint Paul

THE STARTUP CAPITAL OF THE NORTH

Founders

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.

Investors

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.

Community

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.

“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.”

LEARN MORE + GET INVOLVED

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

  • GET IN TOUCH

    Do you want to learn more or get connected to what MSP has to offer? Email us at hello@forgenorth.com

  • LEARN ABOUT OUR GOALS

    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.

  • ATTEND PARTNER EVENTS

    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!

  • GET SOCIAL

    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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