Part of the USA Pavilion's Feeding the Accelerator, an innovation-focused mentorship program that nurtures promising food-sector entrepreneurs, the new Mentor Minds series is a collection of shorts featuring interviews with some of the leading thinkers in food, art, business, and other industries. One of the first installments stars JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis, who, as chief creative officer of the USA Pavilion, oversees all programming, design, and content for the gathering's six-month run in Milan. Watch the video above to hear Mitchell's thoughts on food's potential to spur innovation, his advice to entrepreneurs, and more. Watch the complete Mentor Minds series here.
The USA Pavilion, themed "American Food 2.0," and Expo Milano are open through October.
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