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.

MN Cup 2020 applications are open!

Our applications for the 2020 MN Cup Competition are now open. As always, our application is short, accessible and 100% online. In response to COVID-19 we are working diligently with our partners and alumni to offer a full menu of virtual events to support you as you select a division and craft your application. For the most updated event information and to receive a link to the application, sign up for our mailing list by emailing hellomncup@umn.edu 

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Sign Up for an Online Tour of Our Application

As we practice social distancing, MN Cup has moved our in-person application help sessions fully online. We're offering live virtual application tours with Jessica Berg, where you can learn about our application and get your questions answered. Choose from a number of dates and times, each of which will last 30 minutes. We highly recommend that before you join the info session, you create an application and take a look for yourself.

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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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