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.

Check back on 3/25 for a link to apply

Applications open Monday, March 25th at 8:00am and will take place entirely online. The first application round is relatively simple and consists of questions about the idea/company and basic demographic information. The application deadline is Friday, April 26th at 11:59pm

  • For information on how to prepare - visit our Judging Criteria page
  • For information on the competition timeline - visit our Competition Schedule page
  • For information on the divisions to enter - visit our Divisions page 

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. 
Click here for more information about MN Cup.

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MN Cup Launch Party

March 25, 2019

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Held at the Minneapolis Event Centers

212 2nd St SE #212, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Register here