Forge Institute is the brain child of Lee Watson. After 5 successful years building a globally-recognized innovation program, Lee wanted to create an organization to fuel national innovation between private sector and governmental partners.
Prior to the launch of Forge Institute, Lee co-founded The Arkansas Venture Center which is an entrepreneur-led organization creating an innovation-focused model that excels at finding and cultivating disruptive solutions that create real opportunities for our global partners. In less than four years, The Venture Center’s member companies have created more than 637 high-paying jobs and have raised more than $57 million in capital. This migration of high-growth businesses creates jobs and draws key talent to Central Arkansas that feeds the cycle of innovation.
Forge Institute was designed to strategically operationalize programs both at a national and state level, forming the American Cyber Alliance.
WE develop innovative capabilities
The American Cyber Alliance (ACA) is a private-public partnership established in 2018 to reduce cyber risks through collaborative innovation, workforce development initiatives and shared cyber threat intelligence. The ACA’s programs operationalize cybersecurity.
public-private partnerships // innovation programs // corporate ventures
venture studios // modern economic development strategies