Competition schedule

2019 Applications open on Monday, March 25
Deadline for applicants over the age of 18: Friday, April 26
Deadline for Youth division (ages 18 and under): Sunday, May 12


 

February 21

6th Annual Women in Entrepreneurship Conference

Hosted by WE* (12pm-5pm)
Register here.

February 21

Pitchfest

Hosted by WE* (5pm - 7pm)
Register here.

March 8

TechCities Conference

Come see a panel of MN Cup #Tech alumni, sharing insights on MN’s tech community from the perspective of a startup founder, moderated by MN Cup Director Jessica Berg. This panel will be held from 3:00 - 3:45 PM in room 1-114.

March 19

MN Cup Director, Jessica, will be hitting the road in a few weeks to visit St. Cloud & Duluth’s startup communities, alongside Maria Ploessl of Minnestar. We hope you can join us, and spread the word to founders in Central Minnesota who might like to learn more.
Register here for St. Cloud and Duluth

March 25

Minnesota Cup applications are live!

Apply today

MN Cup Launch Party

5:00pm - 7:00pm
Held at the Minneapolis Event Centers
212 2nd St SE #212, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Register here

March 29

MinneAnalytics’ Halicon Conference

For founders and innovators in the healthcare space, we’re excited to partner with UnitedHealthGroup to present a ‘reverse pitch’ panel at MinneAnalytics’ Halicon Conference on Friday, March 29th. The conference is sold out, but we’re able to offer special tickets to startup founders & other potential MN Cup applicants just for this panel. From the registration page, simply select the ‘Reverse Pitch’ ticket for your free spot.
Register here

April 3

Closing the Middle Skills Gap – Innovation in Minnesota’s Education Sector

Join us at ECMC Group’s headquarters on Wednesday, April 3rd for a thought-provoking panel discussion about the intersection between education, policy, and innovation, and the role each plays in closing the Middle Skills Gap.
Register here

April 4

MN Cup 101

Interested in learning more about MN Cup’s application and competition process from entrepreneurs who’ve been through it? A fantastic panel of MN Cup Alumni will be sharing their experiences and answering questions on Thursday, April 4th at University Enterprise Laboratories.
Register here

April 14

MN Cup Office Hours Online via Google Hangouts

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Are you curious about MN Cup and want to learn more? Are you in the process of completing an application and have specific questions? Connect with MN Cup Director Jessica Berg at Office Hours -- she'll walk through the application, share information about the process, and offer guidance. 
Register here

April 16

Red Wing Ignite

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

MN Cup Director Jessica Berg will be attending the Red Wing Ignite Cup competition, serving as a judge and answering questions about Minnesota Cup Applications. If you are an entrepreneur in SE Minnesota, we'd encourage you to attend! 

Register here

 

 

April 17

MN Cup Office Hours @ Meda

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Are you curious about MN Cup and want to learn more? Are you in the process of completing an application and have specific questions? Connect with MN Cup Director Jessica Berg at Office Hours -- she'll walk through the application, share information about the process, and offer guidance. 
Register here

April 18

MN Cup Office Hours @ Fueled Collective - Downtown MPLS

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Are you curious about MN Cup and want to learn more? Are you in the process of completing an application and have specific questions? Connect with MN Cup Director Jessica Berg at Office Hours -- she'll walk through the application, share information about the process, and offer guidance. 
Register here

April 20

MN Cup Q&A @ NEON

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

MN Cup Director Jessica Berg will be at NEON's recurring Thinking About Business Workshop on Thursday, April 20th. She'll walk through the application, share information about the process, and offer guidance. 
Register here

April 22

MN Cup Office Hours @ Lunar Startups

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Are you curious about the MN Cup Competition, or working on an application and hoping to get your questions answered in person? Connect with MN Cup Director Jessica Berg at Office Hours -- she'll walk through the application, share information about the process, and offer guidance. 

Register here

April 23

Is MN Cup Right For You? Founder's Brown Bag Event @ Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Before applications are due, attend this panel session to connect with MN Cup alumni and hear about their experience in the competition.
Register here

April 25

MN Cup Office Hours online via Google Hangouts

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Are you curious about MN Cup and want to learn more? Are you in the process of completing an application and have specific questions? Connect with MN Cup Director Jessica Berg at Office Hours -- she'll walk through the application, share information about the process, and offer guidance. 
Register here

April 26

Deadline for MN Cup applicants over the age of 18

Due by 11:59pm

April 29

MN Cup Youth Application Help

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

We're excited to partner with Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest to offer support to entrepreneurs 18 years old and younger who have questions about MN Cup or need help with their applications! Our Youth Division Applications will be due Sunday, May 12 at Noon.

Register here

May 7

Mentor Mash

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Mentor Mash is an opportunity to learn more about MN Cup mentor expectations and network with other mentors involved in this year's program. 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor but have yet to officially connect with us, please fill out this interest form.

Register here

May 12

Deadline for Youth division applications (ages 18 and under)

Due by 11:59pm

May 29

Announcement of Semifinalists

June 6

Semifinalist Reception

August 5

Semifinalist Materials Due

August 19-23

Semifinalist Judging & Evening Pitch Event

October 14

Final Awards Event

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