Catalyzing Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Connecting entrepreneurs and scaling innovation

Innovation is more important to the future of food and agriculture than ever before and we need the best minds at the table to tackle the challenges ahead. MBOLD is catalyzing innovation and entrepreneurship by bringing together the disruptive thinking of entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world with the reach, resources and acumen of large global companies.

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Why it matters

By bringing together innovators, entrepreneurs and larger companies, we can shake things up and make real progress together. These connections are vital for bringing good ideas to light and positioning them for broad impact. Through initiatives like the Bold Open and Food | Ag | Ideas, MBOLD is building our region’s ecosystem for entrepreneurship and building connections between innovators and companies with global reach.

MBOLD CEO Champion – Innovation: Sonya Roberts, President of Salt Group, Cargill

MBOLD CEO Champion – Entrepreneurship: Rod Hebrink, Chief Executive Officer, Compeer Financial

What MBOLD is doing

Accelerating innovation: Bold Open

MBOLD partners with the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute in hosting the Bold Open Reverse Pitch platform. The Bold Open brings together value chain representatives — from leading Minnesota food and agriculture companies to producer groups — to spotlight pressing industry challenges and build solution-focused partnerships with entrepreneurs and innovators around the globe.

Catalyzing Entrepreneurship: Food | Ag | Ideas

MBOLD collaborates with Grow North at the University of Minnesota to catalyze an interconnected, invested and accessible ecosystem for Minnesota’s food and ag entrepreneurs. Grow North’s Food | Ag | Ideas platform brings together food and agriculture entrepreneurs, farmers, Fortune 500 companies, innovators, nonprofits and investors from across the country to drive start-up growth, social impact and tech adoption in food and agriculture.

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Minnesota is a great place to grow your career and make an impact on the future of food and agriculture.

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