Forge North Coalition Projects

The Forge North Leadership Council steers this growing coalition. This group of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and community leaders represents the larger coalition and works to engage all members in establishing goals and strategies and measuring the region’s progress.

Each council member plays an important role to champion groups and/or projects powered by the Forge North initiative. Each council member serves up to three years before passing the torch to another member of the coalition.

Active Projects

Forge North projects go beyond a single program. They bring together multiple organizations to work on ecosystem-wide issues. Coalition members review projects each month and consider new ideas each year.

Angel Campaign: Angel investors provide earliest investments to help startup companies grow. We believe Minneapolis-Saint Paul is ripe for a renaissance of angel investing. Project Fellow Mickayla Rosard of Groove Capital is leading a collaborative campaign to recruit more Minnesotans to become active angel investors. We will host Angel Fest 2022 at Huntington Bank Stadium on Thursday, June 2 - register here!

Enterprise Playbook: To ensure more corporations engage with local startups as customers, investors, and partners, we've built a playbook that enterprise leaders can use to identify and take action. Project Fellow Stephanie Rich of Bread & Butter Ventures is leading a team to implement the playbook with enterprise leaders ready to pledge and take action in 2022.

Builders Fund: The MSP region is home to many great entrepreneurial support organizations (ESOs) that provide critical early mentorship and connections. Many of these organizations are working together to build their capacity to serve founders and measure impact in partnership. Project Fellow Jessica Berg of MN Cup is leading a team on this joint fundraising campaign.

MSP Equity Fund: Venture capital is on the rise in MSP, but relatively little makes its way to startups led by Black, Brown and Women founders. Change will require many new funds, diverse fund managers, and alternative sources of capital. The MSP Equity Fund is an emerging fund of funds aimed at an "all of the above" portfolio. Project Fellow Al Cornish of gener8tor is leading a team that will share more about this exciting new project in 2022.

Stay tuned to learn about these and other emerging projects in 2022.

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