2022 MN Cup Semifinalists

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

May 25, 2022 — MN Cup is proud to announce the 91 companies moving forward to our Semifinal Round, the top finishers from each of our nine divisions. We had a record number of applications and participants in the first round of our process. 2,595 Minnesotans participated - 32% more than our previous record in 2021. We also have the most gender and racially diverse pool of applicants recorded in our history.

  • 47% of our participants identify as female
  • 3% identify as non-binary
  • 46% identify as non-white

Click here to read more about our 2022 participants.

The following companies will move forward to create a pitch deck, summary business plan and one minute video while accessing free mentorship, education and publicity through July. Ultimately, they’ll compete for a share of more than $400,000 cash prizes and gain the opportunity to accelerate their businesses with no equity taken in exchange. 

During this 18th season of MN Cup we’re also proud of the impact of the competition on the high-growth startups and innovation of our state. Capital raised by MN Cup alumni exceeds $1 Billion. To stay up to date on the progress of our companies, follow @MinnesotaCup on Instagram and Twitter, and sign up for our newsletter here.

 

The 2022 MN Cup Semifinalists are: 

Education & Training

Energy/Cleantech/Water

Food/Ag/Beverage

General

High Tech

Impact Ventures

LifeScience/Health IT

Student

Youth

MN Cup is a community-led, public-private partnership that brings together corporations, investors, foundations, government and skilled volunteers to support Minnesota’s entrepreneurs. The core of our programming is an annual competition that reaches emerging entrepreneurs from across the state and connects them with education, mentorship and resources 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. Since 2005 MN Cup has given away $4.6 Million in seed capital, taking no equity in exchange. Our alumni companies have gone on to raise over $1 Billion. MN Cup is a program of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. To learn more about our process and register for an info session or office hours, visit mncup.org