• North Forge tackles kids' literacy

    Company offers funding, support to help develop innovative programs

    Winnipeg Free Press 11/21/17


    North Forge Technology Exchange and the Province of Manitoba want residents and innovators to pitch ideas on how to improve early childhood education in the province. North Forge president Jeff Ryzner made the announcement at Winnipeg’s Millennium Library this morning. “What’s happening in communities all over Manitoba is up to 77 per cent of the kids entering kindergarten and Grade 1 are not ready to learn the curriculum,” Ryzner said.

    CHVN 95.1FM, November 9, 2017

  • Start Me Up

    North Forge East promotes entrepreneurship in Pinawa

    Winnipeg Free Press 06/17/2017

  • Ramp Up Weekend 2017 Winners

    Ramp Up Weekend gives Manitoba entrepreneurs a chance to develop their own startup in just 55 hours, and this year’s action-packed event didn’t disappoint.

    BellMTS Business Hub 06/12/2017

  • Pitch Perfect - Ramp Up Weekend gives entrepreneurs time to shine

    On Sunday evening, more than a dozen new businesses created over the course of the previous 55 hours will make their final pitch to judges in the 10th iteration of Ramp Up Weekend and it will be open to the public for the first time.

    Winnipeg Free Press 06/09/2017

  • Invenia

    Local AI-focused firm to double in size with powerful investment

    Invenia, the Winnipeg company that has built a machine-learning system that optimizes power grids across North America, has landed the largest investment yet from the only venture capital firm dedicated exclusively to artificial intelligence.

    Winnipeg Free Press 05/10/2017

  • Funding Change

    Online Raffle Tech a Game Changer

    Funding Change partners Nick Tenszen (from left), Daniel Majors and Ian Smith have benefited from angel investors including David Asper.

    Winnipeg Free Press 05/18/2017

  • Winnipeg tech sector forges ahead

    As if on cue, there were some amazing examples this week of why the Silicon Valley online tech magazine, TechCrunch, recently wrote that Winnipeg's tech sector was a model for other communities.

    Winnipeg Free Press 04/07/2017

  • New app launching in Winnipeg to make locals feel like tourists

    Arturo Orellana is launching Culture Card app on March 24 that will help people get out and go to events more often to make the most of Winnipeg.

    Gobal News 03/22/2017

  • Winnipeg Company Moves Into Smart Home Market

    A young Winnipeg company is wading into the multibillion-dollar luxury smart home market, which already includes big-time players such as Google and Amazon, with a do-it-yourself system that is already turning heads. Two years after taking a prototype to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Salman Qureshi and his two founding partners at Umbrela Smart Inc.

    Winnipeg Free Press 03/15/2017

  • photo credit: University of Manitoba News


    Exigence Technologies microbial control product a step closer to European market. North Forge Technology Exchange client, Exigence Technologies, has received a €1.045 million funding award from the European commission.

    Exigence Technologies March 2017

  • North Forge opens second site

    North Forge announces the opening of North Forge East, their first satellite branch. The centre in Pinawa, MB will support entrepreneurs in communities in the eastern part of the province.

    Winnipeg Free Press 12/07/2016

  • Wasn’t that a party?

    The North Forge Block Party at Innovation Alley included an announcement from Bell MTS  with their commitment to extend MTS’s financial support for North Forge for another three years.

    Winnipeg Free Press 09/28/2016

  • Startup Street Party

    North Forge Block Party an open house of innovation for the tech startup crowd. Read about the biggest and brightest... Winnipeg Free Press 09/27/2016
  • Olympic-sized innovation

    North Forge client Konex Wake Parks went all-in with a launch of their innovative cable system, including a demonstration featuring the world’s top wakeboarders on September 16. The Free Press was there to cover it.

    Winnipeg Free Press 09/16/2016

  • Consolidation of startups: Entrepreneurship programs unite as North Forge

    North Forge Technology Exchange is a natural next step in the non-stop evolution of the startup ecosystem. ""It takes a village to grow a startup, and we have a village."

    Winnipeg Free Press 08/13/2016

  • Venturing out for success: Digital-education startup at influential New York conference

    North Forge alumna and mentor Suzanne Braun, of Quipped Interactive Learning Tools, was one of only a select few accepted to participate in VentureOut Edtech Exhibition, a private conference for the world’s top education-technology founders in New York City.

    Winnipeg Free Press 08/11/2016


  • North Forge South Now Hiring for Executive Director

    WINNIPEG - June 6, 2018 – Attention all High Energy, Team building, Innovators…

    North Forge Technology Exchange is an innovation‐based economic development agency and a powerhouse community to fuel Manitoba’s entrepreneurial economy.

    Opening a new location in beautiful Morden, Manitoba, “North Forge South” requires a dynamic and charismatic leader to build the North Forge community which will serve the Portage‐Lisgar region.

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  • North Forge Technology Exchange Opens Call for Innovation to Improve Early Child Literacy and Numeracy

    WINNIPEG - November 9, 2017 – North Forge Technology Exchange is putting out a call for innovation to improve early childhood literacy and numeracy in Manitoba.

    “We’re ready to put the talent and resources of the Manitoba innovation community to work on an issue that will affect the future of our province,” said Jeff Ryzner, president of North Forge Technology Exchange, which is facilitating the open challenge.

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  • North Forge Technology Exchange Welcomes New Board Members

    WINNIPEG - May 24, 2017 – North Forge Technology Exchange is pleased to welcome Paul Vogt and Dr. Digvir Jayas to its Board of Directors.

    Both bring a wealth of experience to the board, said Chairman Stuart Henrickson. Vogt is the President and CEO of Red River College, while Dr. Jayas is Vice-President (Research and International) at the University of Manitoba.

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  • North Forge to host 4th annual Startup Canada Awards for the Prairies

    WINNIPEG - February 24, 2017 – North Forge Technology Exchange has been chosen by Startup Canada to host the 2017 Startup Canada Awards, Prairies region. The Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in Canada’s entrepreneurship and innovation community.

    “We can’t wait to host the Startup Canada Awards, especially among the Canada 150 celebrations,” said Jeff Ryzner, North Forge President. “Having the awards here is an honour and brings even more energy and momentum to the community we’re building for entrepreneurs and innovators in Manitoba. North Forge’s one year anniversary is ahead this April, so being selected shows how much we’ve been able to accomplish in our first year.”

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  • North Forge Technology Exchange Looks East

    PINAWA - December 6, 2016 – Rural Manitoba innovators are gaining a new resource in North Forge East, a regional branch of the North Forge Technology Exchange. Based in Pinawa, Manitoba, North Forge East will provide resources and opportunities to entrepreneurs in the province’s eastern region.

    North Forge Technology brings a track record of success to the endeavour, ensuring that North Forge East’s entrepreneurs will get exactly the type of support they need. Member startups will receive a range of services, including expert mentorship; co-working space with Wi-Fi, videoconferencing equipment, meeting and event space; grant assistance; investor and market intelligence; networking opportunities; training; and access to the Winnipeg Fabrication Lab’s prototyping equipment.

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  • North Forge Technology Exchange wins 2016 National Entrepreneur Support Award

    TORONTO - November 29, 2016 – North Forge Technology Exchange was recognized today by Startup Canada as a national winner of the National Startup Canada Entrepreneur Support Award. North Forge President Jeff Ryzner accepted the award at a red carpet ceremony in Toronto, Ontario attended by leading Canadian investors, innovators and anchor company executives.

    “We are honoured to be nationally recognized for our work to support Manitoba entrepreneurs and innovators. This award is especially meaningful to our organization, as it has not even been a full year since the creation of North Forge. It is an acknowledgement of the success made possible by collaboration and a shared vision for the future of our province,” said Ryzner.

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    Over 50 of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators, companies and changemakers have been named regional winners of the third annual Startup Canada AwardsStartup Canada announced the regional winners of the 2016 awards this week, and will celebrate their accomplishments at red carpet events in startup spaces across Canada this Autumn.


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  • North Forge strengthens Manitoba’s future in innovation

    WINNIPEG - April 20, 2016 – Manitoba entrepreneurs have a new resource that will streamline the highly successful services at The Eureka Project, Assent Works, Ramp Up and the Startup Winnipeg program. North Forge will ensure innovators have all the supports available to them to ensure their best chance for success.

    The Eureka Project is Manitoba's largest, most successful technology incubation program. Member companies have raised more than $130 million in financings and have created hundreds of jobs for Canadians. Eureka is currently working with 25 startups in its offices located in the University of Manitoba's SmartPark and at its downtown location in Innovation Alley. A crucial part of its support for entrepreneurs includes access to award-winning mentors, investors and other founders, as well as world-class experts in the areas of engineering, programming, and user interface/user experience design.

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