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    CEO: Joelle Foster

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

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    President: Shane Li

    24 Aberdeen Avenue
    Pinawa, Manitoba R0E 1L0 • P: 204-753-5170

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    Vice-President: Marney Stapley

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

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    University College of the North
    436-7th Street East, The Pas, Manitoba R9A 1M7
    (204) 623-0311

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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.

Ramp Up Manitoba/ Startup Winnipeg programming has focused on increasing the number of tech startups in Manitoba by connecting entrepreneurs with the talent and tools to launch innovative technology and to fuel its growth. Networking opportunities and events, including popular Ramp Up Weekends, have been an important part of Manitoba’s technology and innovation ecosystem, while Startup Space offers affordable access to office space and amenities.

AssentWorks is the largest not-for-profit fabrication lab in Canada, providing entrepreneurs with the specialized equipment they need for the research and rapid development of prototypes.

North Forge will create a powerhouse of complementary services for entrepreneurs. “Collaboration and a shared vision have led to bigger and better things,” says Jeff Ryzner, who will move from his role at The Eureka Project to become president of North Forge. “We have always been big supporters of Startup Winnipeg. Some of our startups had their beginnings at a Ramp Up Weekend, and we send everyone doing physical prototyping to AssentWorks. This partnership is a natural fit. Alignment of our services means more support for Manitoba entrepreneurs.”

“Working together will further build and strengthen Manitoba’s startup tech scene,” says Stuart Henrickson, the I.H. Asper executive director for entrepreneurship at the Asper School of Business and a director of North Forge. “This is the right move for the organizations involved, but more importantly it is right for building our province’s future in innovation and tech by nurturing talent and creating opportunity here at home.”

“North Forge will be a catalyst for innovation. We are sparking potential for new ideas,” says Chris Johnson, a Ramp Up Manitoba founder and chair of Startup Winnipeg. “We’re creating a community of brilliant, driven and focused entrepreneurs with unlimited potential.”

Supporters

North Forge Technology Exchange partners with PCL Construction Inc.

PCL Construction Inc.

From small renovations to complex billion dollar projects; from modular construction, to advanced digital technologies, to cutting-edge sustainability, PCL has you covered.

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North Forge has partnered with 6P Marketing

6P Marketing

6P Marketing is your collaborative marketing agency, working with you to achieve your goals.

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Bell MTS

Bell MTS is part of Canada’s largest telecommunications company, providing Manitobans with Mobile phone, TV, high speed Internet, and Home phone service.

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Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

At Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS), we are devoted to serving our valued clients. Our collegial workplace fosters greater teamwork, responsiveness and communication, providing better results for clients. TDS is Manitoba’s largest independent law firm.

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Wawanesa

Wawanesa works exclusively with insurance brokers across Canada, offering home, auto, farm and commercial business products.

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Bit Space Development

Bit Space Development Ltd. is an interactive digital media studio that specializes in creating innovative learning experiences for the classroom and workplace. We work with educators and industry professionals from around the world to develop effective solutions for education and training using cutting edge digital media technologies.

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Princess Auto

For more than 85 years, Princess Auto has been supplying trade professionals, home mechanics or people who simply love building things with the tools and equipment they need to figure it out – whatever that “it” may be. With a unique assortment of tools, equipment and products, ranging from hydraulics to welding, Princess Auto complements the home improvement sector rather than competing with it.

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Bockstael

For over 100 years the Bockstael name has been synonymous with construction in Manitoba. From the humble beginnings of a Belgian carpenter, to the fourth generation of family ownership, building is in our blood. We pride ourselves on world-class innovation and a client-first approach to doing business. This is our commitment to serving the province we choose to call home for the next 100 years — and beyond.

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Stu Clark Centre for Entreprenuership

The Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship (SCCE) is here to support entrepreneurial activities across the entire University of Manitoba campus. In addition to supporting students at the I.H. Asper School of Business we also support students from ALL faculties across the University of Manitoba – Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campus including: Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Education and more!

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SevenOaks School Division

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Maples Met School

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LGD Pinawa

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North Forge Technology Exchange

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SEED - Altona

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Portage Regional Economic Development

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Morden & District Chamber of Commerce

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Morden Community Development Corp

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Community Futures Heartland

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Access Credit Union

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North Forge East

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Community Futures Winnipeg Rivers

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Barkman Concrete Ltd.

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Pinawa Community Development Corporation

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Western Economic Diversification Canada

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Government of Canada

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University of Manitoba

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Fabbaloo

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Red River College

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Manitoba Government

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