About MN Cup

Who we are:

MN Cup is a community-led, public-private partnership that brings together corporations, VCs, foundations, government and skilled volunteers to support Minnesota’s entrepreneurs. The competition was founded in 2005 by serial entrepreneurs Dan Mallin and Scott Litman in partnership with the University of Minnesota, MN Cup is now the largest statewide new venture competition in the country, run as a program of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management.MN Cup is a startup competition and hub to connect Minnesota’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We support emerging entrepreneurs through events, educational programming and an annual startup competition that provides them with tools, resources, and support to launch and accelerate the development of their new ventures.     


What we do:

MN Cup is 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. The competition inspires entrepreneurs to begin their startup journey, supports them as they develop a solid business plan, provides exposure for their ideas and offers numerous opportunities to expand their networks.


Speaker in Front of Audience at MN Cup
Speaker at Stage for MN Cup
Group of 3 on Stage at MN Cup
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