7 Selected for Two-Year Initiators Fellowship
Social Entrepreneurs from Central, Southwest and West Central Minnesota to receive stipend, mentoring to advance innovative business ideas
From a hydroponic growing system that allows for year-round fresh produce to an immigration-focused law firm with an innovative and affordable fee structure, the field of seven fellows for the 2020-2021 Initiators Fellowship has been selected.
Here’s a closer look at our 2020-2021 fellows:
Fellows from the Initiative Foundation's 14-county region include:
CROW WING COUNTY: HYDROPONICS
STEARNS COUNTY: SOBER HOMES
STEARNS COUNTY: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Sjostrom, who launched a cheese-making operation, Redhead Creamery, on her family’s dairy farm, is working on an agritourism and agritainment model that builds excitement and trust around locally produced foods.
Marc Van Herr
STEARNS COUNTY: MENTAL HEALTH
Fellows from the Southwest Initiative Foundation’s 18-county region include:
RENVILLE COUNTY: TRIBAL ARTS
A member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community in Morton, O’Keefe-Jackson’s enterprise is to increase availability and access to traditional art supplies for native artists coupled with a space to exhibit artwork and to host performance artists.
Erin Schutte Wadzinski
NOBLES COUNTY: IMMIGRATION
The Fellow from West Central Initiative’s nine-county region is:
CLAY COUNTY: YOUTH LEADERSHIP
As an educator, Stone’s venture is to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to manage daily activities and confidently face new situations while creating pathways to educational and entrepreneurial opportunities.