Food & Ag Startups in Minneapolis-Saint Paul

Why MSP?

The region leads from farm to fork. Problem solvers in this region have been innovating across our food system for over 150 years.

Here are 5 things you should know about food and agriculture in MSP:


Nearly 3,000 food and agriculture companies call MSP home.

Five of the world’s 30 largest food and agriculture companies are among the global leaders headquartered in Minneapolis-Saint Paul.


The region boasts more than 83,000 food and agriculture professionals.

It’s the only metro to see a significant increase in its food and ag workforce over the past decade. You’ll find one of the top communities for food scientists, food marketers, agronomists, and much more.


MSP is home to one of the world’s top universities for agricultural sciences.

The University of Minnesota was ranked as one of the Top 25 in the world, according to U.S. News and World Report.


The region is home to a growing support system for startups.

Grow North is an entrepreneurial support organization that connects the ecosystem for food and agriculture entrepreneurship in Minnesota through programming like Food Ag Ideas. Accelerators like Techstar Farm-to-Fork and Impact SKU work with cohorts of startups that come to MSP from around the world


Companies of all sizes are working to solve top challenges in the field.

Each year, leading corporations pitch the challenges they’re working to solve in food and agriculture at the region’s Bold Open event. Hosted by the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute,  the Bold Open is a pathway to helping food innovators develop new uses for agricultural products.

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