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Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship

The Holmes Center is the hub of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Minnesota that inspires, educates and connects the next generation of Minnesota's entrepreneurs. We mobilize the community and provide support for emerging entrepreneurs, both within and outside the University, through experiential courses and engaging outreach programs.


Largest Statewide Startup Competition


New Venture Concepts Evaluated in MIN-CORPS


Mentors Advising Students and Alumni


Ranking for Global MBA Programs in Entrepreneurship

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Seeking to connect and collaborate with fellow entrepreneurial spirits? Join us at the Toaster Innovation Hub to ignite innovation, spark creativity, and launch your ideas to the next level. The Holmes Center has partnered with the Libraries to crank up the volume in Walter Library by inviting students to make some noise and collaborate in the Toaster. LEARN MORE

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MN Venture Builders is the new online entrepreneurial education platform for Launch MN, a statewide collaborative effort to accelerate the growth of startups and amplify Minnesota as a national leader in innovation. Learn More

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MN Cup

MN Cup is the largest statewide startup competition in the country, supporting emerging entrepreneurs through events, educational programming, and an annual competition.


Apply by April 16th in largest statewide startup competition that awards $400,000+ in cash prizes.

MIN Corps


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


MIN-Corps is a partnership of the Holmes Center, College of Science & Engineering and TechComm.

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Grow North

Grow North is a resource and connection hub serving Minnesota's food and agriculture entrepreneur ecosystem.

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WE* is focused on supporting scalable, women-led startups in Minnesota through a series of conferences and events.

Apply by Jan 5 for DePodesta Fellowships

Thursday, December 23, 2021

The John DePodesta Leadership Fellowship is a partnership between Minneapolis-based ECMC Group and the University of Minnesota that enables graduate students to address…

UMN Students Take Silver Prizes

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
University of Minnesota seniors Noah Hoffman and Macie Rodriguez won the silver prize in both the sales and marketing categories of the State farm National Sales and Marketing Competition held at the…

Holmes Center Recognized

Saturday, October 16, 2021
The Holmes Center received the Unique Contributions to Venture Creation Award at the Global Conference of Entrepreneurship Centers.

The MN Cup Advantage

Every year, more than a thousand entrepreneurs compete in MN Cup — the largest statewide startup contest in the country. Organized by the Holmes Center, the competition fuels job creation by connecting entrepreneurs with the resources to move their ideas forward.

The 2021 competition is underway with nearly 2,000 entrepreneurs from across the state competing for cash prizes and access to mentors and resources to develop your new business idea.  Participation in the largest statewide startup competition in the country is free and open to any Minnesota company with less than $1 million in annual revenue.

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Founders Day 2021

Enjoy the year-end showcase of 11 student teams from experiential entrepreneurship courses across campus               PLUS comments from entrepreneurs of the year.

Entrepreneurship With a Purpose

Through a robust entrepreneurship ecosystem, the U of M encourages aspiring student and faculty entrepreneurs to pursue their startup passions.

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Business as a Force for Good

The Carlson School commissioned MBA student Laura Johnson to explore the idea of “Business as a Force for Good” and depict her findings on canvas.



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Holmes Center, ECMC Group to Provide $75,000 to Fund Mentoring Technology Platform

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MBA Program Named Top 25 for Entrepreneurship in the U.S.

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Student Teams Win Top Prizes at MN Cup

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Q&E: Entrepreneurship a Way of ‘Spearheading the Charge Globally’

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