Catalyzing Innovation & Entrepreneurship

MBOLD is pleased to announce the launch of
Bold Growth: Scaling for Success in Food & Ag.
"Bold Growth" aims to accelerate the success of high growth potential companies that can contribute to Minnesota's ecosystem for Food & Ag innovation.
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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.

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 Growth, Bold Open and Food | Ag | Ideas week, MBOLD is building our region’s ecosystem for entrepreneurship and building connections between innovators and companies with global reach.

MBOLD Executive Champion – Innovation: Rick Gomez, President of Food & Beverage, Target

MBOLD Executive Champion – Entrepreneurship: Jase Wagner, Chief Executive Officer, Compeer Financial

What MBOLD is doing

Bold Growth: Scaling for Success in Food & Ag

Bold Growth accelerates the success of high-growth Minnesota companies through highly tailored, sustained coaching by senior leaders in MBOLD’s network of major food and agriculture companies and allied businesses. Led by Naturally MN and AURI, Bold Growth provides selected businesses with targeted support from senior MBOLD leaders and the opportunity to become the next great Minnesota food and ag business success story. Learn More

Current Cohort

Inaugural Cohort

We are grateful to all the amazing Bold Growth mentor companies:

3M, Bread and Butter Ventures, University of Minnesota, Cargill, CHS, Compeer Financial, Ecolab, General Mills, Hormel Foods, McKinsey & Co., Schwan’s Company, Target

Accelerating Innovation: Bold Open

The Bold Open Reverse Pitch platform brings together value chain leaders from major Minnesota food and agriculture companies to commodity groups to elevate pressing industry challenges and build solution-focused partnerships with entrepreneurs and innovators around the globe. The Bold Open is held bi-annually with leadership from the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute.

Catalyzing Entrepreneurship: Food | Ag | Ideas

MBOLD collaborates with Naturally MN at the University of Minnesota to catalyze an interconnected, invested and accessible ecosystem for Minnesota’s food and ag entrepreneurs. Naturally MN’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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MBOLD aims to make Minnesota a global leader in soil health and water stewardship in collaboration with stakeholders across our region.

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