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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

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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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

MN Cup

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.

Grow North MN

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.

MN Cup Competition committed to supporting women entrepreneurs

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
This year, MN Cup organized and supported two programs to encourage more women to get involved and enter into MN Cup.

MN Cup Competition draws talent from Greater Minnesota

Monday, May 11, 2015

Several Greater Minnesota residents showed up for this year’s MN Cup Competition with a total of 46 counties represented, an increase from 2014 of 41 counties.  Since 2005, 77…

James J. Hill Center supports Minnesota Entrepreneurs

Monday, May 11, 2015
MN Cup would like to introduce the James J. Hill Center, a great resource for entrepreneurs providing educational programs, event space, and expert mentorship.

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.

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.



MN Cup Final Awards Ceremony

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Food | Ag | Ideas Week

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Latest Carlson News

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

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Carlson School Announces 2021 Sands Fellowship Recipients

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Holmes Center Support of Diverse Entrepreneurs Highlighted

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2020 MN Cup Winners Are U of M-Backed Startup

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