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Tuesday, October 10 • 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Maker to Market Demo Day: A New Food Accelerator Developed by Lakewinds Co-Op and The Good Acre.

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People today are looking for innovative food products that are organic, local, sustainable and made with authenticity. Yet bringing this to life can be a real struggle for food entrepreneurs as they build their supply chain as well as identify retail partners that will take a chance on them. 

A first of its kind Food Accelerator program launched in the Twin Cities, Maker to Market was created to address these challenges head on. This innovative program did not just offer personalized food business consult, from container shape to culinary support, but also elevated the commercialization process by pairing selected startups with local, small and disadvantaged farmers, subsidized their shared commercial kitchen production time, and guaranteed six months on shelf at Lakewinds Food Co-op's three Twin Cities area stores.

Meet and hear from the leaders behind the Maker to Market Food Accelerator Program as well as the food startups that participated. This event will include a discussion on how the partnership came together, insights and lessons learned from their first cohort as well as a demo and product showcase from the food startups that participated. Program partners will also release details on the 2018 cohort including application release date and some new program offerings!

Tuesday October 10, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm CDT
The Good Acre