MN Cup


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.

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 on the seed funding we give away ($500,000 in 2018.) 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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6th Annual Women in Entrepreneurship Conference on February 21, 2019

Hosted by MN Cup 

WE* is a community-led effort focused on supporting scalable, women-led startups in Minnesota. Organized by the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, WE* seeks to address the pipeline problem by inspiring more women to pursue more ambitious entrepreneurial efforts and connect them with appropriate resources. WE* has organized more than 30 conferences and events since 2014 with more than 4,500 attendees, while more than doubling the number of women-led teams participating in MN Cup.

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