The Forge is a new generation accelerator, with a revolutionary approach to building successful startup businesses. Seeking real rates of return, not from the Unicorn hunting of traditional early stage investing, instead focusing on employing new processes leading to far better investment returns from more modest and realizable valuations, earlier exits and rapid Capital reinvestment.
At the heart of our process is the understanding that technology is no longer the real value or differentiator of a startup. Increasingly the value of the startup is the team, the team’s personal and professional network and a sufficient and attainable revenue model.
This is due to the fact hardware is for the most part already a commodity, while software is itself devolving into a set of commodities – building blocks of modules, melded together through APIs and protocols to create virtually any mission-oriented system of virtually any complexity. This leaves leadership, the ability to think and work unconventionally, to build alliances and ecosystem networks as the real differentiator to startup success and value realization.
At The Forge, we carefully select candidate startups using advanced analytics-based evaluation, derived directly from Emerio’s big data and machine learning engine, AIME, with output tempered with deep industry experience, in order to evaluate:
i. The success probability of the value proposition and proposed business model, current, and over time to exit; and
ii. The success probability of the team; optimizing for leadership and business model development know-how and relationships.
Instead of selecting for exceptional engineering prowess, The Forge, in partnership with Emerio, will provide top-notch development capability, across virtually all technology domains, so that startup leadership can concentrate on developing winning products/services by emphasizing customer segmentation, business ecosystems, Minimum Viable Product identification, and iterative feedback for honing or rapid pivoting of business models.
Leveraging Emerio’s big data and machine learning know-how and Artificial Intelligence engine – AIME, built in partnership with IBM Watson – The Forge works with startups who cover a broad spectrum of innovative technologies, business models and industrial segments:
Big Data, Computational Science, Machine Learning, Machine Intelligence, Data Intensive Medical and Financial Applications, Advanced Materials, Medical Imaging, Biopharmaceuticals, Telemedicine & Medical Devices, Cyber Security & Forensics.
The Forge will provide a structured, hands-on entrepreneurship program lasting 6 months and taking on 2 cohorts of 15 startups each.
The Forge will continue to fund and support startups after they have completed the incubator program, with Forge members continuing to serve as mentors, board members, or advisors, with startups also provided the opportunity to look to secure later rounds of funding through Forge and its investment partners.
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