FI  Gen7 Investments

     Office Locations:

101 5th St. N.
Fargo, ND 58102



  • Early



  • Consumer Products & Services
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Information Technology
  • Media & Digital Media
  • Software & Internet
  • Sports & Entertainment



    Gen7 Investments is an investment division of Forum Communications, media company controlled by the Marcil family of North Dakota. Gen7 serves as a platform for the Marcil family to diversify their interests away from publishing. Based in Fargo, N.D., Gen7 is built on over a century of experience in creating value for businesses and investors. Forum Communications began its rapid growth in 1926 with the purchase of a 48-page printing press, twice the size of the original press. In 1935, The Forum bought minority ownership of WDAY radio, purchasing the remainder of the station in 1958, and from 1980-2006, The Forum added 35 newspapers to span four states. The company formed Gen7 Investments as it prioritized efforts to connect with new generations and diversify its portfolio. Today, Gen 7 manages and elevates a portfolio featuring consumer goods, media companies, and brand agencies.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Bill Marcil President & CEO
    Erik Barner Chief Investment Officer


    Portfolio companies include:



      Happy Healthy

      Imperial Frozen Foods
        web link

      Myriad Mobile


      The Stable

      Tillerman Seeds

      Whistle Sports
        web link


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