Grow North Programming
Grow North is always looking for unique ways to showcase and promote entrepreneurs in the community. This includes a food entrepreneur showcase at the upcoming MN Cup kick off as well as the first Minnesota Mingle Happy Hour, in partnership with GreaterMSP/DEED/Dept of Ag, at Expowest, the largest natural products show in the world for the 20+ food start ups and 30+ large scale food companies at the show to promote shared awareness and ownership of the growing MN food community.
Online resource center
Grow North launched a resource navigator and library in January through a generous partnership with Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). Both the navigator and library put resources in one central location so entrepreneurs can find what they need faster. The navigator already has 120 resource organizations in its database and will be featured in the Department of Economic Development’s (DEED) statewide resource overview for food and agriculture.
Grow North wants to bridge the divide between the big companies and small makers. Through its corporate mentor network and on-site events, Grow North creates authentic opportunities for corporate employees to mentor entrepreneurs and for entrepreneurs to share their passion for their products.
Grow North has kicked off a series of substantive education events for growth-focused food entrepreneurs as well as the broader community. The series will include topics on scaling manufacturing, preparing for outside investment, a in partnership with Gopher Angels, and more.
We have created an industry-specific peer-mentoring group in partnership with the CEO Roundtable to support growth-focused leaders in the food entrepreneur community. Our focus is to give the mentors of our food community an opportunity for mentorship and support. This is an invitation-only group and the first co-hort kicks off in March and will meet monthly.