Our Mission is to Make Minnesota a Known Leader in Food and Agriculture Entrepreneurship and Innovation

 

Our theory of change 

We work at all levels, but focus on building a thriving growing ecosystem from the ground up. When we work with startups and the many for and non-profit organizations that support them across the entire commercialization process, we maximize resources, identify and work to fill gaps, and interconnect communities that do not always work together. The vast majority of organizations supporting our startup community are not familiar with the full commercialization and scaling process. We need them to be. Every piece of the puzzle is still a part of the overall puzzle. Our work to interstitch Minnesota's food ecosystem in addition to dedicated entrepreneurship programming enables entrepreneurs and innovators to grow more businesses - faster and at a scale they did not think was possible.

Our Role

Be a central hub for resources, a mobilizing connector and ecosystem navigator. We drive connections to resources, information, and individuals within our ecosystem of entrepreneurs and organizations so that it all works stronger, smarter, and faster together. We take elements of incubators, accelerators, networking organizations, and ecosystem organization from around the world  to architect a thriving ecosystem.  

What Drives Us

Serving the entrepreneur. We want growth-oriented entrepreneurs to focus on scaling and sustaining their businesses... and not searching for answers or support. We believe that entrepreneurs and innovators play a fundamental and critical role in solving the challenges of our food system and  we want to do everything we can to make their work possible.

Our mantra, "We want entrepreneurs to get what they need in fewer clicks and coffees, and focus on what's important - growing their business."  


WhO WE WORK WITH

ENTREPRENEURS

We talk to food and agriculture startups every day, listening and helping them connect to the resources and people they need to solve problems and grow their businesses. 

CORPORATIONS & INSTITUTIONS

We develop programs to enable authentic engagement and participation for corporations, institutions and investors to support and gain exposure to our entrepreneur community.

THE ECOSYSTEM

We think of the ecosystem as the organizations that support Minnesota's entrepreneurs as well as the entrepreneurs themselves. We drive collaboration, awareness, and maximize activities. We partner with organizations to build on their efforts and fill gaps.