Sample at the Fulton Gran Fondo
May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Sample at the Fulton Gran Fondo

Are you a startup interested in the sports consumer? Fulton Brewing and Grow North are looking for Minnesota food & beverage companies to provide in-kind sponsorship at aid stops along the route of the Fulton Gran Fondo bike ride.

Now in its 5th year, the Fulton Gran Fondo has become a premier Minnesota cycling event, drawing over 1,500 riders and an additional 2,500+ attendees to the block party. Each year, $1 from every pint sold at the block party is donated to a local non-profit. This year Grow North has once again partnered with Fulton to help showcase Minnesota food and beverage producers along the ride. Products should be appropriate for bike racers and will be selected by the Fulton team.

Grow North will notify participants by Friday, April 20. 

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Thought Leaders in Food & Agriculture Speaker Series: Carla Vernón, President of General Mills Natural & Organic Portfolio
May
17
5:00 PM17:00

Thought Leaders in Food & Agriculture Speaker Series: Carla Vernón, President of General Mills Natural & Organic Portfolio

Please join us in kicking off a new series, "Thought Leaders in Food and Agriculture" - a series of fireside chats with the entrepreneurs, individuals and organizations leading the future of the sector. For our first one, we will be joined by Carla Vernón, President of  General Mills Natural & Organic portfolio (which includes brands like Annie'sCascadian FarmEpic and Muir Glen).

In a moderated Q&A discussion, Carla will touch on a variety of topics including industry trends and the pace of change, maintaining a company's culture post acquisition, her team's commitment to regenerative agriculture, diversity and inclusion and much more. Following the conversation, we will have a 'crash the networks' style happy hour for the community including appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets for this event are limited.

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Sample at the Soundset Music Festival
May
25
to May 26

Sample at the Soundset Music Festival

Exciting news! Grow North has partnered with Soundset, the music festival featuring Erykah Badu, Logic and others, to give food and beverage startups the opportunity to sample their products for the VIPs and performers! This is a great opportunity to get your product in front of influencers and their audiences. Products must be individually packaged.

Grow North will notify participants by Friday, April 20.

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Apr
19
to Apr 20

Building a Foundation for Food Startups Training: Optimizing Business Models for Profitability and Growth

  • Sunrise Bank Headquarters (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Do you work with multiple food businesses that will need financial investment in the future? Do you have expertise in food, but wish you knew more about the financials and available business models paths for entrepreneurs?

This 1.5 day training is designed to build a stronger technical foundation for those who actively support/consult with packaged food startups, restaurant owners who want to sell retail products or farmers looking to do value-added food production so they can better assist their clientele.

What can I expect?
This 1.5 day interactive “train the trainer” session training is a deep dive into the financial side of building a profitable food business.
Topics Include:
• Current market and industry trends
• Deep dive on the different types of business models (and their implications)
to create an economically sustainable food business
• Highlights of Minnesota specific resources and programs available to entrepreneurs

The training will be led by Tera Johnson, the Director of the Food Finance Institute in Madison, Wisconsin and Founder of teraswhey®. She has led this training all across the country, and we are excited to bring her to Minnesota. Learn more about Tera and the Food Finance Institute here.

Agenda:
April 19th: 8:30-4:00pm (with a happy hour afterwards)
April 20th: 8:30-1:00pm

Participants are required to attend both days.

Registration Fee: $50
Scholarships are available based on need, email hello@grownorthmn.com for details

Program costs are off-set through the support of the Grow North, Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul Departments of Economic Development, and Renewing the Countryside.

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