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 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

May 12, 2017

On Friday, April 28th at 11:59 PM, MN Cup closed its application window for its 13th competition. The application opened on March 20, providing applicants just over seven weeks to complete the entry form including three key sections - opportunity, plan and progress.

Each year, the MN Cup competition attracts a high volume of innovators and companies. This year's competition had an incredibly healthy turnout with over 500 applicants and 1,230 entrepreneurs participating in the FREE entry round. A percentage breakdown by division is below.

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