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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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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 17th 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.

DePodesta Fellowship

Friday, February 5, 2021

The John DePodesta Education Innovation Fellowship Program is a partnership between Minneapolis-based ECMC Group and the University of Minnesota that…

Lost&Found: One Disruptive MBA Startup

Friday, November 13, 2020
Among 2020’s most disruptive MBA startups is Lost&Found, a nonprofit organization that gives young adults ages 14-35 the skills and community to be resilient, attempting to address the systemic…

Duane Johnson Recognized as USA TODAY Leader of Change

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Duane Johnson, co-founder of Tuloko and Carlson MBA grad, was selected along with twenty-nine others as a leader of change; the next John Lewis.

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.

Applications open March 16 through April 17 to compete for $500,000+ of 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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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.



Startup Job Market 2021

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Emerging Opportunities Forum: Early Stage Startup Funding

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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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Leading While The World Waits

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