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.
largest statewide startup competition in USA
awarded in seed money to MN startups
MN-based entrepreneurs supported
raised by MN Cup finalists since 2005
MN Cup competition benefits:
- $500,000+ 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:
- Education & Training
- Energy/ Clean Tech/ Water
- Food/ Ag/ Beverage
- High Tech
- Life Science/ Health IT
- Impact Ventures
- Student (current undergrad and graduate students)
- Youth (18 and younger)
After a full week of pitch presentation and deliberation by their respective review boards, Minnesota Cup is excited to announce the winners of each of the competition's nine divisions. These teams have advanced through three rounds of judging to achieve first place within their Division -- rising to the top of an initial applicant pool of over 1,600 entrepreneurs. Their next step is to compete against each other for the Grand Prize of $50,000 on top of their existing winnings, which will be decided by MN Cup's grand prize review board on October 8th.
MN CUP Lead Sponsors