Erin Lenhardt

Erin is founder and CEO of The Food Mint. She is also the co-founder of Norm’s Farms, a superfruit startup dedicated to commercializing the American elderberry. She led the organization through Chicago Booth’s 2014 Polsky Summer Accelerator program, during which she designed and executed digital marketing and sales strategies that resulted in 2x revenue growth in only three months time. She most recently worked as an Associate with the Sustainable Local Food Investment Group, a Chicago-based angel investment firm, where she evaluated business and financial models for food and agriculture-focused startups. Erin previously served as the Director of Business Development and Marketing at Calibrate, Inc., a biotechnology services company based in RTP, NC. She was their youngest and only female director and highest performing sales person.

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.