Meet Our Team

We are a group that loves food, entrepreneurship, and making the world a little better. 

There's always more to do - Interested in volunteering? Donating?

lauren mehler pradhan, director/General Manager


Lauren Mehler Pradhan is the Director and General Manager of Grow North. Lauren is passionate about changing the way food is grown, made, and the impact individuals and start-ups can have in transforming our food system.  

Prior to Grow North, Lauren worked for 12 years at General Mills in marketing where she led established brands, business turnarounds, health strategy, and new product development. Lauren has a BA from Rutgers College and an MBA from Harvard.

Lauren is on the board of Share our Strength Minneapolis, and an advisor to Midwest Pantry, the New Markets Program for the Dept of Ag, and Feast! Local Food Network.

Lauren is a maker herself, and won a blue ribbon in the Minnesota State Fair for her Peach Honey Chutney. 


advisors & Interns

Melissa Kjolsing
Director, MN Cup

John Stavig
Director, HCE

Tommy Stublaski          Sydney Mueller
Associate, Grow North   Associate, Grow North
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We are a part of the Holmes Center For Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota.