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Fulton Gran Fondo Rest Stop Partners, May 6 2017

Grow North and Fulton Brewing hosted 9 local MN food startups to sample product along rest stops at the 4th annual Fulton Gran Fondo. Our makers are featured as event partners. More here. . .


sourcelink best practices blog, April 10, 2017

What if you could create a network of startup resources—a veritable food and ag hub—for your food and ag tech innovators? Meet Grow North, SourceLink’s newest affiliate partner in our entrepreneurial network. Continue reading. . .

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Star Tribune, march 20, 2017

Feature: Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship

Grow North is a program of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, the hub of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Minnesota that inspires, educates and connects the next generation of Minnesota's entrepreneurs. We mobilize the community and provide support for emerging entrepreneurs, both within and outside the University, through experiential courses and engaging outreach programs.  Continue reading . . .

Star Tribune, February 25, 2017

Sunday Conversation with Lauren Mehler Pradhan of Grow North

Today, people associate Los Angeles, Austin, Texas, and Boulder, Colo. with food innovation. A century ago, Minneapolis would have been on that list. The city earned the nickname "Mill City" for its flour milling techniques that harnessed the power of St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River. Now, a new group called Grow North MN wants to restore Minnesota's place as a known food hub. Continue reading ...


MN Monthly, January 23, 2017

Ever Dream of Starting A Food Business? Help is Here.

You've got the perfect frozen pizza. The ideal healthy protein bar. Or maybe your artisanal shrub business has stalled out. Minnesota has a lot of food energy going on: we are the home of General Mills, SuperValu, Cameron's Coffee, and Angie's Boomchickapop. Continue reading ...


Minnesota Business, December 16, 2016

Introducing Lauren Mehler Pradhan, Director of Grow North

I love that Minnesota Business magazine has dedicated an entire issue to women leaders. We’re an incredibly fortunate business community because we have numerous women to feature and likely not enough space in one issue to capture all of these talented people (a good problem to have). One great woman that I’d like to introduce you to is Lauren Mehler Pradhan, the new director for Grow North. Continue reading ...