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.

We're gearing up for another virtual season of MN Cup. We're learning and improving to optimize our education sessions, mentorship program, networking and pitch opportunities you've come to expect from MN Cup. Oh - and prize money! We'll be bringing you the dollars directly once again in 2021. If you're interested in applying to our 2021 season, get the most up-to-date information by signing up for our newsletter here. If you're interested in sponsoring or volunteering, we'd love to have you! Email us directly at

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 education, mentorship 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. We can’t find any other competitions like ours - statewide, industry-agnostic, and distributing funds to the tune of $500,000 per year. 

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MN Cup Events

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