MN Cup is the largest statewide startup competition in the country.

We are a startup competition and hub to connect Minnesota’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We aim to create jobs and grow our state’s innovation footprint.

  • #1

    largest statewide startup competition in USA

  • $2M

    awarded in seed money to MN startups

  • 12K

    MN-based entrepreneurs supported

  • $230M

    raised by MN Cup finalists since 2005

  • MN Cup Apply

    APPLY NOW - Application Closes TONIGHT, April 28 at 11:59 PM

    Are you prepping your application?

    Here is what a winning entry looks like from our 2015 Grand Prize Winner, Astropad. 


    • MN Cup competition benefits:

      $450,000+ in available seed money
      Mentorship opportunities with industry leaders
      Exclusive event access
      Business plan feedback
      Networking opportunities with potential investors
      Media exposure 

    • Startups compete in one of the following divisions:

      Energy/ Clean Tech/ Water
      Food/ Ag/ Beverage
      General
      High Tech
      Life Science/ Health IT
      Impact Ventures
      Student (current undergrad and graduate students)
      Youth (18 and younger)

EntreEd Blog

April 21, 2017

Today marks the start of the seven-day countdown toward the Minnesota Cup registry deadline on Friday, April 28th at 11:59PM. Is your startup still thinking about applying? Read this blog to hear about how and why you should! 

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MN CUP Lead Sponsors

Lead Sponsors
THE MINNESOTA CUP IS SUPPORTED BY:
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PARTNERS