EAT Recap | Carlson School of Management

On February 4, MN Cup hosted the 2nd annual EAT: Entrepreneurs At the Table. The purpose of the event was simple – to connect and spur meaningful collisions between food/ag/beverage startups and people from the business community. The event boasted over 400 attendees, 60 startups and community organizations showcasing and sampling product. For a complete list, go to In addition to the fantastic companies and networking, the event included a soft launch of Grow North,  a new initiative of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. Building on the work of the MN Cup Food/Ag/Beverage Division, including its partnerships with General Mills, MN Department of Agriculture, Schwan’s, Grain Millers, Gopher Angels, Midwest Pantry, AURI and Greater MSP, Grow North seeks to support, connect and grow Minnesota’s food innovation community. It’s no secret that Minnesota’s food industry possesses global leaders at nearly every stage of the value chain including first-in-class enablers and service providers. We believe that through thoughtful, organized and structured leadership, Grow North can push Minnesota to become the leading community for entrepreneurs looking to begin a food business. Grow North’s mission is to cultivate, germinate and cross-pollinate the MN food community. Grow North connects entrepreneurs with industry experts, thought-leaders, advocates, enablers, resources, and one another to develop ideas and talent in our community. Grow North is designed to strengthen Minnesota’s existing food innovation community through events, promotion of existing programs, supporting development of new programs and resources, sharing of resources and talent, connecting with advisors and mentors, etc. We’re still in the developmental stages and our official launch is scheduled for this summer after funding and a full-time employee are secured. Connect with Grow North on Twitter @grownorthmn. You can also contact us at for more information.   More event photos can be found on Twitter @minnesotacup, @grownorthmn and using #atthetableinmn

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