We are so happy to have AURI joining us again for the 2nd Annual Conference! AURI's goal is to help clients succeed and especially succeed in the commercialization process. Lolly and Jason will be holding an Open Office Hour where they will meet with potential clients 1:1 to help answer a specific question you have. Some examples of questions that they can help you answer are:
• My jam is runny, what can I do? • I sell fresh meat but am interested in doing a shelf stable jerky, how do I start? • How do I get my product into a grocery store/retail? • Does my pesto need to be refrigerated? • How do I determine the shelf life of my product? • How do I get my product certified organic? • The AURI team can also help with resources for business plans, financing, etc.
Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI)
Lolly Occhino, Michael Sparby, Jason Robinson The mission of AURI is to foster long-term economic benefit for Minnesota through value-added agricultural products. It accomplishes this by offering agricultural producers, entrepreneurs and agribusinesses a unique mix of services, including applied research, product development assistance, innovation networks and commercialization services. All of which have the goal of helping clients succeed, but none more than the commercialization services program.
The purpose of the commercialization services program is to help entrepreneurs and small-to-medium-sized businesses prepare their product or service for mass-market consumption. For many AURI clients, this often includes access to laboratories and scientists—important elements of development that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive. It also includes economic or feasibility assessments and providing counsel on how to best formulate product mixes for scaling up production.