About Erin Lenhardt

Erin Lenhardt

Erin is the founder and CEO of The Food Mint, an early and growth stage food startup platform and consultancy.  She specializes in early and growth stage food startups.

Erin started her career in as the Director of Business Development for a small biotechnology services company in RTP, NC.  It was there that she discovered business as a tool to drive change.  Because food has always been her passion, she co-founded Norm’s Farms in 2011 in order to begin transitioning her career to focus on the business of food and agriculture.

She attended The University of Chicago Booth School of Business from 2013-2015. There, she led Norm’s Farms through the Polsky Summer Accelerator program, where she designed and executed digital marketing and sales strategies that resulted in 2x revenue growth in only three months time. While completing her coursework at Booth, she worked part-time as an Associate with several food-focused venture capital firms, including the Sustainable Local Food Investment Group, Bluestein & Associates, and the Kirchner Food Security Group.

Erin graduated from Reed College (2008) with a B.A. in Religion. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (2015) with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management. She was a 2014 Kirchner Food Fellow and 2015 Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium Next Generation Delegate and has served as a judge, mentor, panelist, and speaker at food-focused conferences and start-up competitions around the world.


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