Upcoming Events and Presentations


February 7th
Public relation society of america: minnesota chapter

The Food Revolution: Transparency and its Effects on Marketing & Communications

A panel discussion on how food transparency and consumer demand are c hanging the way brands communicate, as well as discuss strategies and solutions that are resonating with consumers. 

Lauren Mehler Pradhan, director of Grow North, will be a panelist.


There is a lot of interest in investing in food start ups right now, but also a lot of questions. Grow North in partnership with Gopher Angels will host a panel discussion with active investors and corporations active in the space for a candid conversation on food investing.  This event is open to active or interested investors only.

March 10th

Grow North, in partnership with DEED, Dept of Ag, and GreaterMSP, is hosting a happy hour for Minnesota companies at Expowest, the world's largest natural products  show. Minnesota has one of the largest contingents of food companies in the country at Expowest and we want to celebrate this by creating a forum for networking. If you will be at Expowest, send us a note.  

March 20th
MN CUp kick off with food entrepreneur showcase

Join us to kick off MN CUP 2017. New this year is a food entrepreneurs showcase where we will feature 30 exciting food businesses. If you are interested in sampling your product for free at the showcase, please fill out this survey by February 28. If you are selected, we will be in contact with you by early March. 

March 21st
Minnesota Farmer's Market Association Conference

Lauren Mehler Pradhan, director of Grow North, will be the closing keynote at MFMA's 2017 Spring conference. 


March 22nd
AURI New Uses Forum

The forum is bringing together experts and entrepreneurs from the new uses arena, R&D, and private sector. Together, they will participate in open discussions about the latest innovations and opportunities for developing new uses for Minnesota grown crops and agricultural processing byproducts. There will be panel discussions, Q&A sessions, networking opportunities and keynote addresses tailored to the interests of MN agriculture. Above all, this will be an event to bring people together under the common goal of encouraging new growth and innovation here in Minnesota.

Lauren Mehler Pradhan, Director of Grow North, will be a panelist