Twin Cities Startup Week showcases entrepreneurship and innovation happening in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Our goal is to create a platform for entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, supporters and the curious to connect and be inspired. The week stretches across the Twin Cities and this year, we will have 100+ events and anticipate 15,000 people participating.
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Grow North is proud to lead the Food and Agriculture track. We have a great line up of events happening throughout the week.
8:30-10:15am: Meeting at the Table - Food as a tool for Social Justice
Location: Impact Hub MSP
Hungry for change? Start the morning meeting and hearing from organizations in the Twin Cities building businesses in the food industry to drive social change and job creation.
This panel and discussion will be moderated by Jeff Dykstra, Co-Founder/CEO Partners in Food Solutions, and feature Michelle Horovitz, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Appetite for Change, Marcus Owens, CEO/President of NEON, Tricia Nelson, Sales Development and Community Relations, FINNEGANS SBC, and Patsy Noble, Senior Program Director, of Urban Roots.
Breakfast provided by Breaking Bread cafe, a social enterprise.
11:00-1:00pm: Lunch and Learn: Innovation and Solving the Problem of Food Waste
Location:The Good Acre
America loses up to 40% of its food as it travels from farm to fork to landfill and entrepreneurs and innovators are tackling this problem from all angles. Come for lunch, discussion and a startup showcase highlighting three key themes of food waste: reduce, recover and reharvest.
This discussion, facilitated by JoAnne Berkenkamp, Senior Advocate for NRDC will dive into how solving the problem of global food waste starts with local communities and involves integrated solutions throughout the entire supply chain. Startups and organizations participating include Reinvia, Sofi Taste Kineto, the Cleantech Open’s recently launched Food and Ag vertical, JavaCycle, as well as the Agriculture Utilization Research Institute (AURI).
Come hungry, as lunch will be made by local chefs, creating something delicious utilizing products normally thought of as food waste inspired by Dan Barber’s WastED. Intrigued?
1:30-3:30pm: Maker to Market Demo Day: A New Food Accelerator Developed by Lakewinds Co-Op and The Good Acre
Location: The Good Acre
A first of its kind Food Accelerator program launched in the Twin Cities, Maker to Market to not just offer personalized food business consult, from container shape to culinary support, but also elevate the commercialization process by pairing selected startups with local, small and disadvantaged farmers, subsidize their shared commercial kitchen production time, and guarantee six months on shelf at Lakewinds Food Co-op's three Twin Cities area stores.
Meet and hear from the leaders behind the Maker to Market Food Accelerator Program as well as the food startups that participated. Program partners will also release details on the 2018 cohort including application release date and some new program offerings!
4:00-5:00pm: Dynamic Duos: Corporations Investing in Food Startups
Location: The Hewing Hotel
As attitudes towards food and food production have changed, the world has seen an explosion of innovators and entrepreneurs starting new food and agriculture businesses. Corporations have taken notice and developed internal teams and departments focused on investing in and partnering with startups at ever earlier stages. What does a partnership like this actually look like? How do the two companies work together? What does a large corporation look for in a startup and vice versa?
Hear both sides of the story at this unique panel bringing together leaders from corporate venture groups and the startups they invested in. Speakers include leadership from General Mills’ 301inc and Rhythm Superfoods, Land O’Lakes, and Schwans and trū Shrimp .
This panel discussion will kick off the Food and Agriculture Track's 'Crash the Food and Ag Networks' networking Happy Hour.
5:00-7:00pm: 'Crash the Networks' Happy Hour and Networking event
Location: The Hewing Hotel
Are you a food entrepreneur, brewer, distiller, or next gen farmer? Do you work in CPG or ag? Do you work with, support, invest in the food and ag community? Then come on out and meet and mingle with your community!
Raise a glass, reconnect, discover a new resource, and meet someone new. Appetizers will be provided and the first drink is free. You will have to do a little networking to get the second...
This event is hosted by Grow North and Phillips Distilling Company
with additional support from Compeer Financial, Westrock, Midwest Pantry, MN Craft Brewer's Guild, and more to be announced
9:00-11:00am: Hooked on 'Ponics: Aquaponics, Aeroponics and the Evolution of Food Production
Location: The Hewing Hotel
The challenge of feeding the world in new ways is an area of huge growth and opportunity within agriculture. How do we rethink using the land and utilize nature's resources in new and provocative ways? Minnesota's entrepreneurs are tackling these ideas head-on and exploring ways to extend the growing season, increase yields and drive sustainability.
Join us for an inspiring panel featuring leaders in aqua and aeroponics as they talk about the changing world of agriculture, consumer preferences and the strategic partnerships that are enabling them to scale faster. Panelists include Dave Augustine, CEO Living Greens Farms, and Michael Ziebell, General Manager, trū Shrimp.
12:30-4:30pm: Food Manufacturing in the Twin Cities: a guided bus tour
Starting location: TBD
Have you ever wondered where all of the food startups are making their products? Where are they sourcing ingredients? What does scaling a food business actually look like?
There is a whole world of manufacturing happening in the Twin Cities built to enable food startups to grow and scale their ideas. We don't just want to tell you - we want to show you what's happening. Come and experience it first hand on a guided bus tour designed to give you an inside look. Your tour guide will be Jim Costello of Costello Solutions with surprise guests.
Stops will include The Good Acre, the Local Food District Commercial Kitchen space in NE MSP and more to be announced.