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  • NORTH FORGE SMARTPARK

    WINNIPEG

    CEO: Joelle Foster

    441 – 100 Innovation Drive
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 6G2• P: 204-262-6400

  • North Forge | East

    PINAWA

    President: Shane Li

    24 Aberdeen Avenue
    Pinawa, Manitoba R0E 1L0 • P: 204-262-6400

  • Fabrication Lab

    WINNIPEG

    Vice-President: Marney Stapley

    3rd Floor, 125 Adelaide Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 0W4 • P: 204-799-2033

Founders Program

Build your business – better, faster, cheaper

No matter what stage you are at, our new, online four-stage Founders Program is available to all Manitobans.  We provide comprehensive resources, combined with regional knowledge and international experience.  Technology-enabled businesses will receive foundational business training, access to experts, networking, mentorship, a hot desk, pathfinding to growth capital, and ongoing entrepreneur-in-resident support. 

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Joining the North Forge Founders Program will provide you with:

A network of peers, professionals and subject-matter experts.

A coordinated program of supports and services.

A path to investment readiness.

Online and in-person, hands-on education.

Access to a curated resource list.

North Forge will assess coachability and fit to determine the most suitable stage for each company.

 

Pathfinder

Who You Are: You are an entrepreneur with an idea. You need to gain an in-depth understanding of the opportunity, the market and the critical supports required for success with a honed-in business proposition. No cost.

Stage Length: 4 weeks

What You Get

  • A 16-hour intensive bootcamp that provides a practical guide on how to conduct market validation
  • A comprehensive written analysis and assessment of your lean canvas and supporting documentation

Expected Outcomes

  • A validated lean canvas
  • Primary and secondary market research review
  • Customer interview scripts
  • Completed customer interviews and analysis

Base Camp

Who You Are: You are an early-stage startup with a product that is undergoing primary product development. You need to understand your market fit, and fine tune your value proposition. No cost.

Stage Length: 4 weeks

What You Get

  • Support and coaching through your market validation and preliminary product development
  • Access to a coworking desk at the Innovation Hub
  • Weekly virtual peer group meetups
  • An assessment of your business model by North Forge staff and expert mentors
  • Virtual one-on-one training sessions with industry experts

Expected Outcomes

  • Demonstrated product-market fit
  • A market validation pitch that you will present
  • An execution plan on how to incorporate your validation activity

Ascent

Who You Are: You are a startup looking to build a working prototype and commercialize your product. You want to expand your network to support your business growth and are preparing to scale.

Average Length: 12 months, with an additional 10 months of resource support available for business models that have a slower rate of entry to market.

 

What You Get

  • Monthly meetings with a North Forge Entrepreneur-in-Residence
  • Monthly access to experienced mentors on a variety of specific business topics
  • Numerous partner programs, resources, and industry networks
  • Unique access to free and subsidized business services
  • Pathfinding and coaching support to access growth capital
  • Pitch presentation scrubs
  • Access to a coworking desk at the Innovation Hub

Expected Outcomes

  • Monthly performance monitoring on your progress, in consultation with North Forge staff
  • A startup business model that is ready to enter the market and scale
  • A robust and detailed business strategy

North Star

Who You Are: You are a startup with a proven revenue-to-customer base, and potential to raise a Series A investment round. You are growing quickly with a validated marketable solution. You need a network of specialized supports that will help you realize scalable growth, and prepare you for an investment round.

Stage Length: 12 months, with an additional 6 months of resource support available for business models that have a slower rate of entry to market.

What You Get

  • Advanced customized training sessions on a variety of specific business topics
  • Weekly access to North Forge staff coaching
  • One-on-one access to experienced industry and business members
  • Numerous partner programs, resources, and industry networks
  • Unique access to free and subsidized business services
  • Pathfinding and coaching support to access growth capital
  • Pitch presentation scrubs
  • Access to a coworking desk at the Innovation Hub
  • Connection with VC and angel networks, and other critical resources to help your business scale

Expected Outcomes

  • Seed A company
  • Generating annual revenue of $500K-$1M
  • Ready to raise further growth capital

 

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“The support of North Forge has been incredible as we have grown and evolved as a company. They truly care and provide mentorship that is tailored to the needs of the company and of the entrepreneur. I couldn’t be happier being a part of the North Forge community.”

“We have benefited from the guidance and advice from the team at North Forge to reach our milestones.”

“North Forge has been absolutely crucial in shaping and refining our concept and turning concept into reality. The breadth and depth of knowledge and real-world experience that entrepreneurs can access through the North Forge network are unparalleled.”

“North Forge is an essential element of the success of any aspiring entrepreneur that wants to succeed in our growing innovation ecosystem. The community, access to technology and collision of innovative minds isn’t possible anywhere else in Manitoba. North Forge is the only place I recommend you go to get your idea off the ground.”

“North Forge helped us navigate the startup ecosystem by offering industry insights and facilitating important connections with funders, partners and customers. Through their mentorship program we have been challenged, supported and are equipped to succeed – overcoming the many obstacles facing a startup company.”

“Our North Forge mentors helped us to dream big and then gave us solid advice to execute on those dreams. I started two companies inside North Forge. The first is company is now a multi-million dollar firm and we are preparing the second company for a super-angel financing round.”

“North Forge provides startups with the resources and network necessary to succeed. All startups in Manitoba should be part of this innovative ecosystem.”

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