North Forge Technology Exchange offers a network of services to accelerate innovation and commercialization in Manitoba.
Advanced ICT Lab
Advanced ICT Lab
The Advanced ICT Lab is a digital makerspace that provides the tools for developers to advance their tech for commercialization.
With PitchBook, North Forge clients have access to private market data, venture capital, private equity and M&A deals, investors and funds.
North Forge Technology Exchange clients have access to hosting services at cost.
North Forge clients have access to customized market research through World Trade Centre Winnipeg.
Events & Training
Events & Training
We provide opportunities for collaboration and education via events including our orientation and training for the use of our Fabrication Lab.
North Forge clients are provided assistance with user and usability testing, user and stakeholder interviews and surveys.
We provide assistance to those enrolled in our Startup Program.
North Forge clients have access to customized market research through World Trade Centre Winnipeg. Research from existing sources of information from private and public databases, demographics, benchmarking, industry reports, etc.
The UX Lab is a place for Manitoba innovators to develop a great overall experience for the people using their product.
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. 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.
North Forge Technology Exchange clients have access to Pegboard Hosting. Services are offered to clients at cost, and include fast, full gbit service to 321 McDermot. Additionally, clients can turn to Pegboard for development servers, web servers, file servers and production environments, for example, as a backend for an app.
Pegboard Hosting was created with the needs of startups in mind. There are no bandwidth charges or limits and a linear pricing scheme that doesn’t penalize customers for starting small.
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
With PitchBook, North Forge clients have access to private market data, venture capital, private equity and M&A deals, investors and funds. This subscription only database also provides commentary and analysis of current events, trends and issues affecting technology and innovation-based companies. PitchBook’s software and analysis tools allow for targeted searches, building financial models, creating data visualizations, and establishing custom benchmarks.
RAPID PROTOYPING SERVICES
Widgets are abstract. When it’s time to get real, North Forge’s Fabrication Lab has the equipment that makes it possible to produce prototypes without the wait. Specifically, the IoT Innovation Lab offers the ability to create printed circuit boards to support and connect components in a new design. The lab’s 3D printing room is another area that makes it possible to produce, tweak and test prototypes affordably.