The Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce heard from the CEO of North Forge Joelle Foster at their meeting yesterday. Foster noted with mining no longer being part of the community you have to look at innovation as a different way of growing the community and then look at partnerships you can create outside of Flin Flon as well. She says you don’t have to be tech savvy to start an innovative business….
“So we’ve worked with 263 companies in three years, 80 percent of them have no tech skills whatsoever. That’s where we come in. That’s where we help to build the team, find the talent to build those apps, to build those platforms, to help them fabricate something like that. 65 percent of our entrepreneurs have no entrepreneurship background, again that’s where we come in. We’re trying to help them build that so you can come right from ideation, just an idea, and then we will help you make sure you’ve defined your target market, that you do those customer interviews, fail fast if that’s what you need and then if you’ve got the customers then we can help you take it to the next level where you define the business model, you start building your financials, we’ve got experts around that, we’ll teach you how to pitch and then you’re okay I want to do this then you come into the incubator for a year or two.”
North Forge helps entrepreneurs solve problems and reduce the cost and risk of innovation. Visit www.northforge.ca to learn more.