The MN Cup finals were recently announced and several companies led by individuals with Carlson School affiliations made it to this prestigious level. They include:

Asiya – Jamie Glover, ’17 MBA
Berd Spokes – Charlie Spanjers, ’16 MIN-Corps STARTUP course
Geneticure, LLC – Ben Bowman, ’10 MBA
Minnealloy Magnetics – Md Mehedi, ’16 MIN-Corps
Nesel Packs – Martha Pietruszeski, ’16 BSB; Jake Portra, ’16 BSB
Sezzle – Charlie Youakim, ’10 MBA; Paul Paradis, '10 MBA
Tree Trainer – Jarred Roy, ’16 CEMBA

These finalists were among 25 selected from 80 semifinalists across eight divisions out of a pool of nearly 1,500 original participants. Finalist companies were selected based on their detailed business plans and investor presentations and videos created through the summer.

During this month, the finalists will receive presentation training and be narrowed down to division winners that will each receive $30,000. One runner-up will received $5,000. Teams will present in front of the MN Cup Review Board on August 30 and 31 to determine who will win the division award and a share of the record $402,000 in prize money.

Division winners will move on to compete for the grand prize award on September 22. The 2016 MN Cup grand prize recipient will be announced that evening at a gala at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center. The event will feature live company pitches; updates from last year’s MN Cup winner, Astropad; and the announcement of the grand prize winner.

The event is open to the public but registration is required.