When companies and foundations support MN Cup, they are investing in the most promising new businesses in Minnesota. We run a very lean operation with nearly all money raised going toward cash prizes for our annual competition.

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Our funding sources are corporate sponsors, service providers and foundations that value innovation and growing companies in Minnesota. We are a program of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management and leverage the infrastructure and processes of the University of Minnesota Foundation to oversee donations.

Donors can fund MN Cup or specific programs that align with their focus. In addition to a great deal of exposure and networking with business executives, successful entrepreneurs and decision makers, our community-led effort offers multiple employee engagement opportunities including judging, mentoring, speaking and event hosting. 

For more information, contact Melissa Kjolsing at kjolsing@umn.edu


"The Bush Foundation is proud to support the Minnesota Cup in its efforts to support, celebrate and promote great ideas and the people who power them. The statewide contest, and specifically the social entrepreneurship division, exposes leaders to new people and new ideas that will spur innovative solutions to the challenges we face in Minnesota.” Allison Barmann, Bush Foundation Strategy and Learning Vice President, Sponsor Since 2014
 

"The statewide contest exposes leaders to new people and new ideas that will spur innovative solutions to the challenges we face in Minnesota" 


"301 Inc and General Mills support MN Cup because we see great value in the community and network they've created. Through MN Cup's platform, resources and volunteers, we believe the state of Minnesota has the potential to be the “Silicon Valley" for food innovation. General Mills wants to be a part of that journey." Pete Speranza, 301 Inc, General Mills, MN  Cup Sponsor Since 2011

"The Carlson Family Foundation is proud to continue to support the Minnesota Cup and its new focus on social entrepreneurship. This competition will inspire Minnesota’s brightest minds to come up with innovative solutions to social challenges and make our world a better place to live and work." Tammy Lee Stanoch, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Carlson, MN Cup Sponsor Since 2010

"The MN Cup represents a vibrant and necessary component of Minnesota business"

"The MN Cup represents a vibrant and necessary component of Minnesota business, that of individuals with big ideas having the resources and structure to more quickly commercialize them. We are able to provide participants with the same counsel and guidance that we offer our clients in order to prepare them to overcome the challenges and be more likely to succeed." Joel Lebewitz, Lurie LLP, MN Cup Sponsor Since 2006