Neela Mollgaard

Executive Director

Launch Minnesota

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In August, Neela Mollgaard became head of this new state program, which seeks to bring together private businesses and nonprofits to provide training and financial incentives to help entrepreneurs get started. Mollgaard has plenty of experience as founder and executive director at economic development nonprofit Red Wing Ignite. There she created a flourishing “ecosystem” in the Mississippi River city connecting entrepreneurs with mentors, technical expertise, potential investors, and business partners. Launch Minnesota will focus in particular on people such as veterans and people of color who often face greater barriers to making their visions real.