Giving Thanks!

Nov. 23, 2022
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Straight from the Hearth: 'Year in Review and Giving Thanks' 

With the number of working days left in the year approaching single digits, I’m reprising the Straight From The Hearth column to reflect on many of the extraordinary things that FORGE has accomplished this year.  

I’d like to give thanks and credit to many of the people and organizations that have supported FORGE’s mission and helped us to expand.  FORGE (Finding Opportunities and Resources to Grow Entrepreneurs) has literally and figuratively opened up new doors to entrepreneurs this year, helping to increase and advance the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are grateful for the support we receive in that work. 

At FORGE we are always asking “What can we do to better support entrepreneurs and how can we promote their efforts? Not just startups, but how do we embrace the idea of entrepreneurial mindset and develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills to build the next generation?”  Our work this year helps answer those questions and we have had a very busy, very successful year!  Among other things, our work has opened up new avenues in Biomedical Entrepreneurship, created additional programs for student entrepreneurial mindset developmentincreased community resourcesexpanded entrepreneurial capacity in Native American communities and so much more. 

We still have a few events coming up in December.  I hope you’ll come out to join us and take a look at what we’re doing.  We look forward to seeing you – Brian Ellerman

Read our full 'year in review' here

L(a)unch: Join us for lunch and meet Tech Launch Arizona and BIO5. November 30 at

RSVP now for the Phoenix L(a)unch event!

We are excited to introduce FORGE at the Phoenix Bioscience Core As part of the 10-year anniversary celebration of the UA College of Medicine, join us for a complimentary catered luncheon to introduce programs from the University of Arizona Office for Research, Innovation and Impact at the Phoenix Bioscience Core. Learn about the launch of University of Arizona FORGE in Phoenix and hear from innovation partners Tech Launch Arizona and BIO5. BIO5 Director, Dr. Jennifer Barton, and Tech Launch Arizona Associate Vice President, Doug Hockstad, will join FORGE Founding Director Brian Ellerman along with City of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.

There are a limited number of spots available. Please be sure to RSVP in advance.

rsvp here

New Episode: Supporting indigenous entrepreneurs

Supporting Indigenous Entrepreneurs, AUTM on the Air

Check out this great podcast about the new Native FORGE program on newest episode of AUTM on the Air!  AUTM is the nonprofit leader in efforts to educate, promote and inspire professionals – throughout their careers – to support the development of academic research that changes the world. AUTM’s community is comprised of more than 3,200 members who work in more than 800 universities, research centers, hospitals, businesses and government organizations around the globe.

Listen to this episode and learn how through Native FORGE, Arizona FORGE is empowering indigenous entrepreneurs and uplifting local tribal economies in a way that differs from any programs that have come before it.

Listen to the episode on:

Startup Coffee Ugly Sweater Edition

Startup Coffee - The Ugly Sweater Edition

FORGE will be closed this Thursday for the holiday, but come out NEXT Thursday to join Startup Tucson at Startup Coffee, The Ugly Sweater Edition!  Start your morning with a cup of innovation on Startup Coffee. Each month Startup Tucson invites  a local business leader to be a guest. You'll hear stories and expertise of entrepreneurial experiences.  This Startup Coffee features live music with grace Noelle, special Holiday Mimosas,and Startup Tucson's Local Holiday Shopping List! Surprise shopping and more. Afterwards stick around for networking and community co-working in the upstairs FORGE HUB.

register here

FORGE will be closed November 24th-25th, Happy thanksgiving

Upcoming Events

November 27th - Made in Tucson Market
November 30th - L(a)unch at PBC
December 1st - Global Discord Panel with Sir Paul Tucker
December 8th - December Campus Spotlight with E-sports
December 15th - FORGE Fireside Interviews Santa



What new venture will you FORGE today?