Transforming Livability and Digital Equity

Smart North is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization connecting entrepreneurs, educators, and city leaders for mutual goals: equipping communities and cities with 21st century infrastructure, as well as preparing people for jobs in the 21st century economy. We are driving thought leadership in the Northern United States, and we serve as a model for other communities and cities to follow our lead.

Upcoming Events

Twin Cities Startup Week: Saturday, September 17, 2022

Future of Our Cities and Communities

This year we are highlighting the George Floyd Neighborhood Community which is reimagining itself for the 21st century economy.
Join us for a day of conversations with community leaders, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs, and engage with a 21st century technology innovation showcase while celebrating this community and its culture. 

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What's New

Highland Park Students Create NFTs for Minnesota Timbewolves Players

Proceeds will be put toward funding for a tech hub at George Floyd Square.

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Our Mission

We believe that in a post pandemic and George Floyd world, digital equity will become either a great equalizer or a great divider for Minnesota’s most marginalized communities. Smart North’s mission is to drive digital equity and transform livability in MN.

Our Founders and Board Members

Founder and Board Member of Smart North

CEO & Founder of Cytilife

Founder and Board Member of Smart North

Architecture Professor & Director at the University of Minnesota

Founder and Board Member of Smart North

CEO of Aeterna Media

Founder and Board Member of Smart North

Co-Founder of Aeterna Media

Founder of Smart North

Co-Founder of Minify Energy

Our Partners

We are executing our mission through three core pillars:

Driving Digital Equity


One of our key initiatives is setting up ‘Community Tech Hubs,’ which offer programs in 21st century skills. We provide grassroots access to training, mentorship, and career pathways for youth, adults, and small businesses in marginalized communities in Minnesota.

Community Tech Hubs:

Enabling Smart and Resilient Communities


We are helping cities and communities across Minnesota learn, evaluate, and deploy smart and connected city solutions. By enabling these solutions, we hope communities can build resiliency and develop digital services for a post pandemic 21st century digital life, work and economy.

  • Resilient Communities Project for the Towerside Innovation District, MSP, in partnership with U of MN
  • Workforce Innovation Tech Committee for Ramsey County

Thought Leadership and Innovation Showcase


We host an annual event during the Twin Cities Start-Up Week on ‘Future of our Cities and Communities‘ to connect thought leaders, projects, and the ecosystem around digital equity, 21st Century Technologies, and the community. These events represent an effort to connect independent thinkers with similar interests under the familiar goal of bettering the world through digital tech.

  • For more information on this year’s Future of our Cities and Communities event and footage from last year, click here.
  • For a flyer of this year’s event, click here