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.

MN Cup is celebrating its 15th Anniversary, and we're launching a 60-Day Crowdfunding Campaign to help support MN's Entrepreneurs into the future! Help support our work by sharing the campaign with your networks, or donating today! We're grateful to Schwan Food Company for contributing a dollar-for-dollar match up to $50,000!

Meet the 2019 Semifinalists!

The time has come! We're excited to share the full list of our 2019 MN Cup Semifinalists. 

Click Here to Access the List

Congratulations to all the competitors, and thank you to our Division Judges for all the time you invested in reviewing Round 1 Applications!

Upcoming Events

MN Cup Semifinalist Reception

Thursday, June 6 
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Hanson Hall
University of MN, West Bank


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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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