North Forge Technology Exchange offers a network of services to accelerate innovation and commercialization in Manitoba. These services include mentorship, training and grant writing support as well as access to startup desks, office space, meeting rooms and the Fabrication Lab.
The North Forge startup program takes entrepreneurs from idea to market success, building sustainable, investor-ready companies with go-to-market and scale up plans. Launch and grow an innovative technology company through our mentor-driven, customized program.
When you work with us, you’ll be mentored by world class subject matter experts as you advance through our proven solution validation cycles before going to market.STAGE 1: Prove it!
Understand every facet of the problem your market faces everyday. Test the meaningfully unique aspects of your proposed solution before spending big money and finally, develop the minimum viable product that your market needs.STAGE 2: Grow It!APPLY
Join other startups in our cohort program as you finalize your go-to-market strategy, develop a scale up plan, gain more traction and become investor-ready.
When it’s time to take your plans off paper and into the real world, North Forge’s Fabrication Lab has the tools and equipment that make it possible to affordably produce, tweak and test prototypes.INQUIRE
Events & Training
North Forge's network includes opportunities for collaboration and education via events including our Lunch & Learns, Ramp Up Weekends and Meetups, as well as orientation and training for the use of our Fabrication Lab.
The UX Lab is a place for Manitoba innovators to develop a great overall experience for the people using their product.
Powered by Caribou Strategy and Design Consultancy, the UX Lab offers North Forge clients assistance with user and usability testing, user and stakeholder interviews and surveys. The lab incorporates proven approaches such as user journey mapping and personas to strengthen ongoing strategic development of products.
Clients must have a functional prototype, MVP or launched product for testing in the UX Lab. User testing is exploratory, evaluating the promise of preliminary concepts and testing features during implementation.
Advanced ICT Lab
The Advanced ICT Lab is a digital makerspace that provides the tools for Manitoba developers to develop their tech for commercialization. Powered by Bit Space Development, it is also a place of community and mentorship.
Users can develop, test and build VR experiences at workstations equipped with Unity software and HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens and other devices. Possibilities include 360-degree marketing videos and photos, drone photography and videography, room-scale VR, Bitcoin-related applications, video game development and support for legacy VR applications. Podcast studio space and equipment round out the lab’s offerings.