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's 2022 Applications are Open Now! Our 18th season is shaping up to be the best yet, and we hope you'll consider applying for the incredible free resources made possible by our network of mentors, judges, educators, sponsors and community partners. 

Applications are open from Monday, March 14 at Noon to Friday, April 15 at Midnight. 

Click here to learn more about the application stages and benefits

Click here to start your online application!

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Upcoming Events

We're excited for our new three-part education series led by local CEOs. Learn from Damola Ogundipe, Alex West Steinman and Y. Elaine Rasmussen as they share insights into Scale, Customer Discovery and Value Proposition -- specifically for early stage founders. 

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MN Cup is intentional about using a simple, accessible application so that Minnesotans of all background and experience levels can participate without the intimidation of jargon. However familiar or unfamiliar you are with our process, we've set aside time to walk you through our online application live on zoom throughout our application phase. Join director Jessica Berg online to get the info you need. 

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2021 Division Winners

It's official, nine startups have secured the title of Division Winner! They will each take home a cash prize ($25,000 for most, $10,000 for Youth.) Division winners will move forward to compete for our $50,000 Grand Prize. You can join us live to watch pitches from these companies and find out who's named our 2021 MN Cup Winner on Monday, September 20th.

Click here to view the 2021 Division Winners

Click here to register for our Final Award Ceremony

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MN Cup Division Winners 2021

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. You won't find any other industry-agnostic competition like ours.