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Supporting entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas related to food and beverage products, food technologies in manufacturing, materials and ingredients technologies, food safety and farming. MN Cup and division supporters have created a Minnesota food innovation network to support entrepreneurs within this division year-round.


  • Jennifer Barta
    R&D Director Dairy Foods Product Platforms and Innovation, Land O'Lakes
  • Anna Braun
    Director of Business Development, JT Mega
  • Joel Conner
    Chairman & CEO, Bellisio Foods
  • Brian Erickson
    Marketing Program Manager, MN Dept. Agriculture
  • Barry Gisser
    CFO, Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Mike Kenefick
    Partner, Kenex Holdings
  • Chris Kwiat
  • Steven London
    CEO, iCrimeFighter, Co-Founder, Six Points Capital
  • Joe Montgomery
    Global Account Director, Star
  • Lolly Occhino
    Scientist of Food and Nutrition, AURI
  • Brad Pederson
    Partner & Business Attorney, Maslon LLP
  • Josh Resnik
    CEO, The Wedge Community Co-op
  • Kathy Roland
    Venture Partner, Oak Investments Partners
  • John Satumba
    Regional R&D Director, Cargill
  • Jim Schmidt
    Partner, Eide Bailly LLP
  • Sam Snyder
    Director of Corporate Development, Grain Millers
  • Marty Solhaug
    President, Sunny Hill Investment Company, Senior Director, Total Rewards, Sleep Number Corporation
  • Cindy Sorenson
    Founder & CEO, The Grocery Group
  • Steve Sorensen
    Sr. Category Manager, Lund Food Holdings Inc.
  • Pete Speranza
    Business Development Principal, 301 Inc.
  • Anne Steinfeldt
    Consultant, Gelati Co.
  • Bruce Tiffany
    Owner & Farmer, Tiffany Family Farms
  • Iris Tzafrir
    Strategy Business Development Manager, Syngenta
  • TJ Varecka
    Director, Kinneberg Management Group
  • Lisa Vongchingtrong
    Trend Manager, Food & Beverage, Target Corporation
  • Alexis Walsko
    Founder & CEO, Lola Red
  • Ken Wilmer
    SVP, Minnesota Bank & Trust
  • Dale Woodbeck
    General Manager,  Lakewinds Food Co-op
  • Pamela York
    Founder & CEO, Atasi Ventures, Partner, Capita3
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