Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship Students

At the Holmes Center, we believe successful entrepreneurs learn from experience - in the classroom, in the real world and from other entrepreneurs. We offer a variety of programming, courses, clubs and internship programs for both undergrad and graduate students. 

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Pitch New Ideas

Ninety-second pitch contest on April 3 to win $2,600 in prizes and advice from experienced entrepreneurs and investors.

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Innovation Speakers

Showcases prominent global leaders at the forefront of disruptive innovation across industry and public sector.

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MBA Fellowships

Fellowships enable Carlson MBA students to create new ventures that address critical social problems in the Twin Cities.

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Startup Internships

Semester-long, part-time paid internships for undergraduate students with leading MN startups led by great entrepreneurs.

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Startup Advice

Advice for your startup ideas every Thursday from 12-1 in the Toaster with industry experts, entrepreneurs and attorneys.

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Entre Club

Hear directly from founders of leading MN companies, sharing their struggles and successes online every Wednesday from 12-1.

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Abdo Dinners

Caryl and Larry Abdo give back to their University by inviting students and their partners to a candid conversation about living with an entrepreneur over dinner at their award-winning Nicollet Island Inn.

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Student Leaders

Get a front row seat to Minnesota's dynamic entrepreneur ecosystem.  Support outreach events or new TOASTER Innovation Hub.  Interested in joining our team? Send resume to

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MN Cup

MN Cup is the largest statewide startup competition in the country, and supports emerging student entrepreneurs from across the state through the student and youth divisions.  Applications open March 16.

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Undergraduate Mentorship

This program gives students an opportunity to develop their professional skills outside of the classroom through the guidance of business professionals.

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MIN-Corps develops talent and catalyzes technology commercialization across the University of Minnesota through a series of courses, workshops and bootcamps.


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Graduate Fellowships

Apply by Jan 5 via Handshake for $15,000 graduate student fellowships to drive innovation in post-secondary education.

Inaugural Augeo Luminaries Speaker Series

Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Valor Equity Partners, Antonio Gracias, discusses “Disruptive Innovation – What It Takes to Transform Global Industries" at the inaugural Augeo Luminaries Speaker Series at the Carlson School of Management.