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.APPLY
STAGE 2: Grow It!
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.
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.
Grant criteria can be stringent, and the deadlines are always tight. We provide assistance to those enrolled in our Startup Program to ensure companies are eligible, their rationale for receiving the grant is watertight, their research is relevant and the project plan is realistic.
North Forge Technology Exchange clients have access to critical market data, insights and analysis to drive their decision-making.
This valuable database access and expert guidance is provided free of charge for North Forge clients.
Specifically, North Forge offers Kable, a subscription market intelligence platform with focused reporting on the ICT technology sector in 10 areas, from enterprise mobility management, software infrastructure and cloud services to information management and enterprise security. Sixty-seven sub-segments are also included.
Additionally, Kable features definitive coverage of the ICT-related aspects of 14 industries, including education, healthcare, energy, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, retail, media and more.
The analytical reports from Kable identify investment patterns and trends, monitor how budgets are set to change, provide information on the top-spending organizations, and provide market opportunity forecasts.
Our partnership with the World Trade Centre Winnipeg brings even more access to business intelligence. WTC Winnipeg is part of a worldwide network, covering more than 300 World Trade Centres in 90 countries. These databases include national industry reports featuring research on new international markets, daily analysis on current events, market overviews, regulatory development and surveys of the competitive landscape.