Trisha Pergande is a business leader with 17 years in the food industry. She is a co-founder of Greenhouse MN, which strives to become a catalyst for industry growth through the creation of a value added investment platform that provides both capital and targeted services to promising food entrepreneurs. Trisha also serves as a mentor to start-ups through her involvement with the MN Cup and Accel Foods, and provides industry expertise to the investment community. Prior to Greenhouse MN, Trisha was a visionary leader at General Mills and was instrumental in establishing the innovation capabilities for the company. She was a founder and architect of 301 INC., a division of General Mills that partners with promising food start-ups to accelerate their growth. She also created the Brand Expansion Initiative, an internal incubator to commercialize next generation growth opportunities for General Mills. She has an MBA from UCLA and a BS from the University of Illinois.