MN Cup


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.

MN Cup competition benefits:

  • $500,000+ 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:

  • Education & Training
  • 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)


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.

Register today