The Bold North BioInnovation Cluster
Coalition Lead Applicant: Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership
Region (applicant-defined): The Minneapolis-Saint Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI metropolitan statistical area (greater MSP region)
Cluster Sector(s): Bio-medical
The Bold North BioInnovation Cluster, led by the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership, proposes to make Minnesota the problem-solving capital of the New Economy through a bio-innovation cluster. Many of the largest employers in bio-innovation were founded there decades ago and grew to be global leaders, including Cargill, the Mayo Clinic, General Mills, Ecolab, Medtronic, and Land O’Lakes. If provided an implementation grant, the coalition proposes to support the next generation of bio-innovation by investing in BIPOC workers, entrepreneurs, and existing businesses to not only improve upon existing regional assets but overcome historical barriers to employment in one of the region’s fastest growing sectors.