With a strong desire to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Twin Cities, the Land O’Lakes partnership with Techstars Startup Next will galvanize the best startups and provide them with mentorship, partnership, and executive access to help them along their entrepreneurial journey.
From farming to dairy and consumer products, the Twin Cities have a long history of success in food. This program is an exciting opportunity to leverage this expertise and ensure food and ag tech entrepreneurs play a serious role in the burgeoning startup scene.
Techstars will work closely with Land O’Lakes executives to recruit startups working anywhere in the farm-to-fork food chain. Examples include innovative consumer products, traceability tools, distribution, supply chain efficiency, safety, food processing and logistics innovation.
Solutions for the dairy industry – from dairy farmers to dairy transportation, processing and products – will be of particular interest. Startups working to solve problems related to food and technology in the retail, foodservice, industrial or other channels are also invited to apply.
Entrepreneurs will gain hands-on mentorship and education during the program, culminating in a Demo Day event. Land O’Lakes will provide expertise and mentorship to program participants along with other leaders from the Minneapolis startup ecosystem.
An informational session will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., in Minneapolis. Those interested in applying for the program are invited to attend and learn more. Event details and registration are here.
In addition to the in-person event, interested entrepreneurs also can join us for an online informational session on Thursday, June 16, at 3 pm CDT. Registration for the June 16 session can be found here.
Application deadline is June 30, 2016.
Startups interested in applying to Startup Next Food and Tech, presented by Land O’Lakes can apply here.