For Startups

Get the Tools to Grow Your Innovative Product

You and your team worked hard on your innovative physical product, pouring hours into research and prototyping. Then the questions started: Is our product ready to scale? What types of certifications or regulations does it have to adhere to? How do we manufacture, store, and distribute hundreds or even hundreds of thousands of units? 

FORGE is here for you. We work with startups and innovative companies at the prototype-level and through full scale production, offering events and workshops to help move you along your product development journey. Then, when you’re ready, we make curated connections to suppliers who are the right fit for your specific needs. Our programming empowers innovators and manufacturers to collaborate effectively by providing the connections and tools you need to scale.

Demonstrating a robot at the FORGE Startup Showcase

Get started today

Set up a meeting to learn about FORGE or, if you have a prototype, get connected with suppliers, manufacturers, and other supply chain experts for startups with physical products.

Samtec team members at a FORGE event

Upcoming Events

For more ways to connect with your local supply chain and innovation ecosystem, check out our upcoming events! FORGE hosts a variety of public and private events, including rocket pitches, legislative roundtables, and startup showcases.


Startup Resources

FORGE provides a host of resources to help startups and scaling innovative companies succeed. Below you will find a collection of workbooks, toolkits and resources crafted by our team.

Tools of the Trade

Why Manufacturing

Locally Matters

If you can invent it locally, you should be able to manufacture it locally. Local production offers unique competitive advantages for innovators.


Success Stories

Meet our

Ecosystem Collaborators

FORGE ecosystem collaborators are mission-driven organizations that also serve and support the innovation and manufacturing communities. Through collaboration, cross-referral, and cross-promotion, our ecosystem constantly evolves to support innovators.