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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

MN Cup

MN Cup

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


Apply by April 26th in largest statewide startup competition that awards $500,000 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.


Safely in First Place

Carlson sophomores Samantha Byun and Hunter Babcock won 1st place in the 10th annual national State Farm Marketing Competition on Nov 8th.  The two youngest students in the entire competition, Byun and Hunter developed an app that engages families, friends and communities in competitions that leverage existing State Farm rewards programs to improve the safety of their collective driving.


Jamie Glover (MBA'16) co-founded Asiya and leveraged MN Cup and other community resources to move business forward to help young women get involved in athletics and build self-confidence.


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.