MN Cup

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Startup Competition. Seed Funding. Mentorship. Pitch Coaching. Exposure. Connection to experts. For all Minnesotans. From any industry. For free. We’re here to help people with big ideas. We want those ideas to become viable startups, and for those startups to change our state.

2020 Semifinalists Announced

We continue to mourn the life of George Floyd and stand in solidarity with protesters demanding justice. We are proud of the way our local communities have shown up en mass to clean up damaged neighborhoods and small businesses, to donate food and supplies to those affected, and contribute financially to rebuild. Amid the mixed feelings of heartache, anger and pride, we also wish to celebrate the accomplishment of the ninety companies moving forward to the semifinal round of MN Cup's 2020 competition. To read the full list of companies, click here. To stay up to date on the competition as it progresses, sign up for our newsletter by emailing hellomncup@umn.edu 

About MN Cup

MN Cup is a community-led, public-private partnership supporting Minnesota’s entrepreneurs. We host an annual competition that reaches emerging entrepreneurs from across the state and connects them with tools, resources and support to launch and accelerate the development of their new ventures. Our competition and events are totally free, and we take no equity in exchange for the seed funding we give away ($500,000 in 2019). We can’t find any other competitions like ours - nationally or internationally, which makes us the largest, most impactful statewide startup competition in the world. 
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