Minnesota Mingle Networking Happy Hour @ Expo West
6:00 PM18:00

Minnesota Mingle Networking Happy Hour @ Expo West

  • Hilton Anaheim - California Ballroom B (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the 50+ Minnesota food companies showing and exploring Expo West in Anaheim, CA this year for a happy hour and networking event. This is a casual opportunity to meet and connect with Minnesota's dynamic and growing food startup and innovation ecosystem including food start-ups, industry leaders, investors, retailers, and organizations. We had over 200 people at our event last year, so you won't want to miss it. 

Please forward this invitation to others.  Minnesota ex-pats are encouraged to attend - once a Minnesotan, always a Minnesotan. We are always here for you. 

We will be in California Ballroom B. 

Come enjoy a complimentary beverage and hor d'oeuvres.

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MN Cup Kickoff with Grow North Food Startup Showcase
5:30 PM17:30

MN Cup Kickoff with Grow North Food Startup Showcase

To celebrate the kick-off of the MN Cup, the state's largest early venture competition, join us for a celebration event featuring a food startup showcase hosted by Grow North. Network with leaders from across Minnesota's startup community as well as investors, industry leaders, entrepreneurs.

The showcase will feature past MN Cup companies from the Food, Agriculture and Beverage division as well as exciting new food and beverage startups.

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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.

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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8:00 AM08:00

Start the Year with Traction: A Workshop to Take Your Business to the Next Level

Back by popular demand, Grow North will kick off the year with a workshop on Traction, the Entrepreneur Operating System utilized by startups throughout Minnesota. We have partnered with Sara Stern, a Traction EOS facilitator and owner of Family Business Minnesota, to lead a dynamic workshop that will not only deepen your understanding of Traction but also give you time to apply it methods to your business. This 90 minute session is designed for leaders working with Traction currently or those who have been thinking about it and are ready to take the leap. Each registrant will receive a Traction workbook and there will be time throughout for Q&A.

Space is limited.


8:00-8:30am: Registration + networking
8:30am-10:00am: Traction workshop + Q&A
10:00am: Adjourn

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Minnesota Mingle @ Winter Fancy Food Show
5:00 PM17:00

Minnesota Mingle @ Winter Fancy Food Show

Join the dozens of Minnesota food companies showing and exploring the Winter Fancy Food Show this year for a happy hour and networking event in San Francisco, CA. This is a casual opportunity to meet and connect with Minnesota's growing and dynamic startup ecosystem including the food start-ups, large food and agriculture manufacturers, retailers and broader food community that all call Minnesota home.

Expats of Minnesota and friends of Minnesota are welcome. Feel free to forward this invitation and please bring a friend or colleague. 

Come enjoy a complimentary beverage and hor d'oeuvres and WE WILL HAVE THE VIKINGS GAME ON!

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