Startup Competition. Seed Funding. Mentorship. Pitch Coaching. Exposure. Connection to experts. For all Minnesotans. From any industry. For free.
We’re here to help people with big ideas. We want those ideas to become viable startups, and for those startups to change our state.
ABOUT MN CUP
MN Cup is a community-led, public-private partnership supporting Minnesota’s entrepreneurs. We host an annual competition that reaches emerging entrepreneurs from across the state and connects them with education, mentorship and support to launch and accelerate the development of their new ventures. Our competition and events are totally free, and we take no equity in exchange for the seed funding we give away. You won’t find any other industry-agnostic competition like ours. https://carlsonschool.umn.edu/mn-cup
MN Cup accepts applications each year beginning in late March. The application link will be available on MN Cup’s homepage through the end of April. For the most up to date schedule, please view our Competitions Schedule page.
We encourage you to sign up for our distribution list to be notified of future opportunities. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who should I apply: Entrepreneurs based in MN with less than $1 million in annual revenue are eligible to apply. We welcome back anyone who has previously entered who did not advance or those who made it to the semifinalist round of a prior competition. Finalists and winners submitting brand new ideas that are not associated with a previous entry can also apply.