Minnesota Mingle @ the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, NY
5:15 PM17:15

Minnesota Mingle @ the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, NY

  • Hudson Bar Room at the Four Points by Sheraton (map)
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Come enjoy open bar and appetizers one block away from the Jacob Javit Center and join the dozens of Minnesota food companies showing and exploring the Summer Fancy Food Show this year for a happy hour and networking event. 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, investors and broader food community that 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. 

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Thought Leaders in Food and Ag: Nick Taranto, the CEO of Plated
5:30 PM17:30

Thought Leaders in Food and Ag: Nick Taranto, the CEO of Plated

Join Grow North and Bunker Labs as they host Nick Taranto, co-founder of Plated.  He will discuss how the evolving desire for a stronger connection between products and services is impacting food production, delivery and experience. 

This event is a part of Grow North's Thought Leaders in Food and Agriculture Series in partnership with Bunker Labs Minneapolis Bunker Brews meetups and sponsored by Land O'Lakes. 

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About Nick Taranto: Nick Taranto is the co-founder of Plated.com. Founded in June 2012, Plated is on a mission to use data and technology to create a world where healthy, affordable and delicious food is available for everyone. Plated has raised over $75 million in venture capital and has shipped millions of meals across the U.S. Nick received his MPA and MBA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School and his B.A. from Dartmouth. He served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked at Goldman Sachs and McKinsey. Nick is a husband, a co-founder, a father of two young daughters, and an Ironman triathlete.

This event is for you if...

1. You're just interested in meeting more like minded, action oriented entrepreneurs in a fun casual setting.
2. You are interested in getting involved in the food and agriculture entrepreneur community.
3. You're interested in learning more about companies being created by veterans in our community

About Bunker Labs Minneapolis:

Bunker Labs Minneapolis is a chapter of the national organization Bunker Labs (bunkerlabs.org) a non-profit focused on inspiring, educating and connecting the next generation of military veteran entrepreneurs.



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Thought Leaders in Food & Ag Speaker Series: Innovation and Investment in Agtech
5:30 PM17:30

Thought Leaders in Food & Ag Speaker Series: Innovation and Investment in Agtech

The world of technology innovation in agriculture has changed dramatically in the last few years with increased visibility, challenging conditions for farmers, rapid changes in consumer sentiment and a dramatic increase in capital investment. 

Join us for a moderated Q&A discussion with Chris Abbott of Craig Hallum and Aaron Knewtson  from Compeer Financial as they share the investor's perspective on growing trends, emerging 'winners and losers' and what they are excited about happening here in Minnesota. This event is meant for both entrepreneurs as well as those working or interested in the sector as Grow North wants to bring this growing community together for connectivity, discussion and conversation. Please join us afterwards to continue the conversation and additional networking.

Tickets for this event are $10 and include appetizers from Eat for Equity.
Scholarships are available for this event, please email hello@grownorthmn.com for more details.

5:30 PM | Networking and Check-in
6:00 PM | Panel Discussion + Q&A
6:45 PM | Happy Hour

Our Speakers:

Aaron Knewtson VP, Food and Agribusiness

Aaron joined Compeer Financial in 2004 and has provided both public and private financing.  Aaron also represents Compeer’s leadership role in developing junior capital funds licensed under the USDA’s Rural Business Investment Program.  Aaron’s background includes working with agricultural and financial derivatives including time spent on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade.  

 Christopher Abbott, Craig-Hallum Capital Group

Chris leads Craig-Hallum’s investment banking efforts focused on sustainable solutions companies across agriculture, food, water and energy. Chris has spent the past decade in capital markets and investment management focused on technology and sustainability having worked with companies that span venture capital, growth equity, public markets and real assets. Chris’ advisory experience includes raising capital, business development and mergers & acquisitions.



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