Past Events

Here's what we've been up to.

We are constantly working to iterate and improve our events to better serve our community. Stay up to date with upcoming events here. 



sampling and mentor event at land o' lakes 

June 20th, 2017
Grow North partnered with Land O' Lakes to host six food/agriculture/beverage entrepreneurs for a morning of sampling and mentoring. Participating companies included Hoyo Sambusa, Kakookies, Mama Stoen's, RSVTea, So Good BrandsThumbs Cookies.

Food entrepreneur showcase at FULTON GRAN FONDO


May 6th, 2017
Grow North partnered with Fulton Brewing to host 9 food startups at the 4th annual Fulton Gran Fondo bike race. The event included 1500+ bike racers that stopped for samples from our MN food companies along their ride. Participating companies included Bare Honey, Buddy's Nut Butters, KaKookies, Maddy & Maize, Nots!, Mixmi, Red Head Creamery, Superior Switchel, & WholeMe.

Food ENTREPRENEURS Showcase at 2017 MN Cup Launch Party

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March 20th, 2017
MN Cup and Grow North partnered together for the first MN Cup Launch Party, featuring  30 food entrepreneurs sampling and pitching their products to over 400 members of Minnesota's entrepreneur community.


Investing in Food Start Ups Panel: A Panel Discussion


March 15, 2017
Gopher Angels and Grow North hosted a panel discussion for 30 angel investors on investing in food start-ups including two food investors in the space, Mary Kosir (Wholeme), and Kirk Sabiston (M&A for General Mills who worked on both Annie's and EPIC acquisitions). 


Minnesota Mingle happy hour at Expowest


March 10, 2017

Grow North, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Greater MSP,  and Minnesota Department of Economic Development hosted a happy hour for over 200 guests at Expowest. This was a casual opportunity for the 50+ Minnesota companies + friends of Minnesota to meet and connect with the food start-ups, large food and agriculture manufacturers, retailers and broader food community that all call Minnesota home.


Growing Your Business Series: Get on Shelf & Grow Sales, A Buyers Panel


February 1, 2017

Midwest Pantry led, in collaboration with Grow North, a panel of diverse buyers from the buyer community. Attendee's heard from panelists representing Lakewinds Co-op, Market Distributing, Seward Co-op, Wedge Co-op and Whole Foods.


SHOWCASE and Mentoring SESSION at Land O' Lakes


January 27, 2017

Land O' Lakes, a Grow North sponsor, hosted 7 entrepreneurs at their headquarters for an afternoon of sampling to employees, a luncheon with R&D executives, and mentoring from Land O Lakes specialists. 100% of employees said they would participate again and 80% of entrepreneurs surveyed said that the employees helped them solve a critical problem.


"Start the New Year with Traction" A Panel for Food Entrepreneurs

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January 19, 2017

There are many entrepreneurs in the food community using Traction, a practical guide of business practices that help run your business and have seen great results. Our panel shared their stories with the broader community, which included: