Apply For MN Cup


2024 Applications are closed. 

Join us on June 5th for the Semifinalist Reception and see the full season schedule here!

Application Requirements
Must be a Minnesota-based startup making less than $1 million in revenue.




Office Hours


Mondays from 11AM - 1PM

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Fridays from 10AM - 1PM

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Should I Apply?

Yes You Should Apply!

The MN Cup is free and open to every innovator, entrepreneur, thinker, and doer in Minnesota. Watch this video and hear what some of our judges have to say about applying. Spoiler: they all say do it! Even if all you have is an idea, the process of applying will force you to clarify your thoughts. If your idea is big and you move on to the next round, our mentors and judges will provide you with invaluable feedback and advice. You have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain, so just do it. 

Tips, Tricks, Templates

Click here to see Astropad's 2015 example.

This is what the text looks like for the initial online application. See our FAQs and below for more details. 

Tips for a Good Application

Your MN Cup application will be assessed based on the Opportunity, Plan, and Progress of your startup. See each component below for some additional details and questions to think about. 

Note: Your idea might be early, or you might not have thought about all of these things yet. That's ok!! The judges know you might be early when you first apply. These details will provide some guidance on what the judges may want to see you thinking about when you apply.


Opportunity Tips
Plan Tips