MN Cup Division Logos


We organize the MN Cup by division. Participants will self-select their division when entering the competition.


  • Education Icon

    Education and Training

    Supporting Minnesota's most innovative entrepreneurs developing ideas and businesses in curriculum, technology, or services related to education, training, workforce or professional and personal development. Click here to view division prizes.

  • Energy Icon

    Energy/Clean Technology/Water

    Promoting entrepreneurship in energy and clean technologies, including advancements in traditional power generation, clean tech, conservation including water, energy efficiency, renewable energy, biofuels, and sustainable products and chemicals. Click here to view division prizes.

  • Food, Agriculture, and Beverage Icon


    Supporting entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas related to food and beverage products, food technologies in manufacturing, materials and ingredients technologies, food safety and farming. MN Cup and division supporters have created a Minnesota food innovation network to support entrepreneurs within this division year-round. Click here to view division prizes.

  • General Icon


    Supporting ideas and entrepreneurs with innovative services and solutions not associated with other divisions including consumer products, education and retail. Click here to view division prizes.

  • High Tech Icon

    High Tech

    Seeking entries in software and hardware (Web-based software, Web 2.0, etc.), networking, communications and wireless equipment and products. We also are looking for submissions in the innovative development and/or delivery of technology services, including consulting services, service providers and software as a service. Click here to view division prizes.

  • Life Science Icon

    Life Science/Health IT

    Supporting Minnesota's most innovative entrepreneurs developing ideas and businesses in medical devices, biologics and biopharmaceuticals, animal health, healthcare delivery, healthcare services, healthcare IT and more. Click here to view division prizes.

  • Impact Ventures Icon

    Impact Ventures

    Celebrating Minnesota's most innovative and effective social entrepreneurs and the organizations they lead. To be eligible for this division, the organization's primary purpose must be a social mission. If your organization's aim is to have an impact on the critical challenges facing our society including education, sustainability, health, and economic and social equity, this division is for you. Click here to view division prizes.

  • Student Icon


    Promoting Minnesota's most innovative and promising young entrepreneurs. Entrants must be full or part-time undergraduate or graduate students attending a college or university in Minnesota and who are between the ages of 19 and 30 with less than 5 years of work experience. Click here to view division prizes.


  • Youth Icon


    Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, a champion of youth entrepreneurship, has partnered with MN Cup to create a Youth division for students 18 years of age and younger. For more information on the Youth Division including awards and benefits, please click here.