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 applications open in less than two weeks! We're planning for another virtual season in 2021, and will have even more free, accessible resources available for Minnesota founders. If you're interested in learning more about our competition process click here.  If you'd like to learn more about one of our nine divisions or get help with your application, register for one of our upcoming free events 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

Startup Job Market 2021

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Emerging Opportunities Forum: Early Stage Startup Funding

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