The Pioneers. The Risk Takers. The Empire Builders.

THE STORY BEHIND Hill capital

Hill Capital was inspired by the legacy of James J. Hill, one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history due to his completion of the only privately funded transcontinental railway in U.S. history. His story of taking risks, facing adversity, and persevering to build the Great Northern Railway earned Mr. Hill the nickname “The Empire Builder.”

As he expanded his line westward, Hill took the time to build meaningful relationships with settlers, thereby igniting the entrepreneurial spirit of the pioneer men and women he encountered. These partnerships allowed Hill and the settlers along the path of the Great Northern Railway to grow and prosper together.

Our investors are entrepreneurs, business owners, and business leaders focused on continuing Hill’s legacy of entrepreneurship and collaboration. We understand the journey entrepreneurs take, which is why Hill Capital is here: to provide capital and expertise to inspire the next generation of Empire Builders.


Hill Capital represents an alternative to traditional private equity. It provides capital and expertise to entrepreneurs. I wish this existed when I founded my business, Mindware.
— Jeanne Voigt, entrepreneur and Hill Capital shareholder

What We've Achieved

  • Attended over 150 public meetings throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

  • Hosted meetings about access to capital, Financial Technology (“FinTech”), and impact investing.

  • Media mentions in multiple publications including the Star Tribune, Upsize Magazine, Pioneer Press, BusinessNorth, and InForum.