Forge North Goals

The Forge North Leadership Council engaged coalition members and others throughout the MSP startup community to set shared multi-year goals and  strategies for the region.

Dive into our goals

1. Early Stage Capital

Startup ventures need fuel to get off the ground. Our goal is to double the number of startup ventures raising an early stage round of capital in MSP. We set this goal because a vibrant startup community needs more than a handful of unicorns. It needs a diverse range of companies that can access different forms of capital as they grow.

Three strategies we are prioritizing include:

  • Activating more Minnesotans to become early stage investors

  • Marketing the region’s deal opportunities to global investors

  • Amplifying education to demystify the process of raising capital

2. Enterprise Participation

MSP is home to the country’s highest concentration of large corporate headquarters. Our goal is to ensure 100% of billion-dollar enterprises based in MSP are meaningfully engaged with local startup ventures. We set this goal because these corporations can play a critical role as customer, investor, or strategic partner - especially in key industry sectors of strength.

Three strategies we are prioritizing include:

  • Creating a clear roadmap and menu of potential commitments

  • Better connecting local corporate venture and innovation teams

  • Increasing paid pilots with startups through greater visibility of enterprise needs

3. Racial Equity

MSP experiences some of the country’s worst economic disparities by race. Our goal is to see leaders with an equity stake in MSP-based ventures reflect the region’s populations of Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous and people of color. We set this goal because these business ownership can help transform our region’s economy, and our startup community cannot reach its potential without intentional action that translates to impact.


Three strategies we are prioritizing include:

  • Building the capacity of entrepreneurial support organizations serving BIPOC founders

  • Facilitating greater deal flow between BIPOC-led startups and investors

  • Open doors for BIPOC-led startups to win commercial contracts

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