Programs and Clubs - Students

At the Holmes Center, students learn from entrepreneurs. The Center also connects students with internships, business competitions, and student-run organizations.

  • MN Cup
    Premier resource for MN entrepreneurs offering educational programming, community events and an annual new venture competition.
  • Biz Pitch Contest
    Ninety-second elevator pitch contest to win $1,300 in prizes and advice from experienced entrepreneurs and investors.
  • Deluxe E-ternship Program
    Fellowships give top undergraduate entrepreneurial students part-time job opportunities with entrepreneurial leaders.
  • Carlson School Undergraduate Mentorship Program
    This program gives students an opportunity to develop their professional skills outside of the classroom through the guidance of business professionals.
  • 3M Seminars on Technology Commercialization
    3M sponsors this series, organized by the Holmes Center, for graduate and PhD students in science and technology-related colleges. Featuring leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, attorneys, and academics, the series deals with challenges of turning technical and scientific breakthroughs into successful businesses.
  • Junior Entrepreneurs of Minnesota
    This University of Minnesota summer program introduces high school students to the basics of entrepreneurship and launching a business. Throughout a five-week camp on the University campus, 35 Minneapolis high school students engage in active learning sessions on business fundamentals and personal development topics.
  • Abdo Dinner Conversation Series
    Caryl and Larry Abdo sought to give back to their University in a unique manner that would directly benefit students pursuing an entrepreneurial career. Through quarterly informal discussions at the dinner table of their historic Nicollet Island Inn, the Abdos and other invited entrepreneurs share their perspectives and advice with Carlson School entrepreneurship students.

External Competitions

Students are encouraged to participate in any business plan/idea competition they may be eligible for including the annual Minnesota Cup. A list of some of the more prominent competitions from across the Nation can be found on the Resources page.

External Startup Accelerator Programs

Students may apply directly to programs unaffiliated with the Carlson School, run by angel/venture investors that provide mentoring, seed capital, and networking opportunities in the initial development of software or other technology-related businesses. See full list of accelerators/incubators on the Resources page.

Start Me Up! Legal Panel & Advisory Session

If you're considering or have recently started a business, the Start Me Up! Legal Panel & Advisory Session is your opportunity to hear practical advice from experienced attorneys on the fundamentals for getting started.

Start Me Up Legal Panel (270.16 KB)