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

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    Here is what a winning entry looks like from our 2015 Grand Prize Winner, Astropad. 


    • 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

March 27, 2017

Sister duo and 2015 MN Cup semifinalist, Rise Bagel, brings classic, organic bagels to Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. And, they're hiring!

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THE MINNESOTA CUP IS SUPPORTED BY:
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PARTNERS