Belief in the Underdogs
We believe in the underdog Entrepreneurs in the Appalachian Highlands and helping them on their Startup journeys
Our Mission is to be the catalyst behind all successful startups in the Appalachian Highlands and beyond
Start Here. Build Here. Stay Here.
Our Region is an Incredible Place for Startups to Thrive
Our Region was Built on Innovation
The forges in Johnson City glowed brightly as hardworking Americans forged their future with new technology and innovation. Eastman built a city around an innovative venture. Bristol is the birthplace of country music. Innovation has always happened here. Medical devices, products, and services have started in our region and scaled to success.
The Forge Ignites Once Again
Now its your turn to carry the torch of innovation once again. A new future awaits those that seize it. Our region’s future will be built by hardworking Americans that pioneer new technologies and develop new products that don’t just impact our region, but the world around us.
Our region’s quality of life, outdoor resources, and ease of access to business opportunities set us apart from other places in the Southeast.
It’s time to #StartTheForge once again and build our future together.
We became a 501(c)3 non-profit to provide the connections and support you need to achieve success in your new ventures. We are constantly making connections to the local, state, and National Startup Organizations (NSOs), venture firms, and government entities.
FoundersForge is building a stronger network to help Startups cut through the red tape, find meaningful connections, and support our local Entrepreneurs through community, high-impact programming, and creative spaces to meet as well as work.
FoundersForge does not charge for it’s mentoring and advising services. And we rarely charge for our events. We believe in a give before you get mentality and we know our Startups will give back to the Startup ecosystem if we support them every step of the way.
This is why we are FoundersForge
You Are Why We Exist
Founders of the Forge
of the Forge
The FoundersForge Team Consists of Entrepreneurs, Early Startup Team Members, and Those Dedicated to the Entrepreneurial Success of Our Region