For 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 Nov 20 to win $1,300 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 Advice

Thursdays from 12-1 discuss your startup ideas with industry experts, successful entrepreneurs and experienced attorneys.

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Entre Club

Hear directly from founders of leading MN companies, sharing their struggles and successes over lunch in room L-114 every Wednesday from 12-1.

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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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Abdo Dinners

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

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Student Leaders

Opportunity to get a front row seat to Minnesota's dynamic entrepreneur ecosystem.  Past interns have joined startups and industry leading companies. Interested in joining the team? Send resume to

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MN Cup

MN Cup is the largest statewide new venture competition in the country. They support emerging student entrepreneurs from across the state by hosting both a student and youth division in the annual competition.

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Undergraduate Mentors

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

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.