Mr. Hodgson founded Southern Valley Innovation Center in 2007. He built an innovation and equity investment network with working contacts in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City, and Europe that has led to significant innovation opportunities for the Mid-Continent Region. He founded the Southern Valley Angel Fund and has consulted privately on innovation, manufacturing, development, and fundraising. Mr. Hodgson is highly regarded as a professional innovator and supporter of critical growth strategies and implementation within the Region.
Mr. Hodgson has significant expertise in bringing agricultural and life science companies to the Region, including Larada Sciences, Acuity Medical, and Streamline Medical. He serves on the boards of Acuity, Streamline, and the Southern Valley Angel Fund. Mr. Hodgson spent the first part of his career overseeing development and management in the food industry. Under his leadership, the company grew to a 67% market share and profitability three times the industry average. He is a graduate of Bemidji State University in Minnesota with a BA in English.
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