Welcome to the Minnesota Cup!
The Largest Statewide New Venture Competition
The Minnesota Cup—the
country’s largest statewide new venture competition that encourages the
development of breakthrough business ideas—is hosting the first of
three invite-only events focused on women in entrepreneurship, to
encourage more women-owned businesses to enter the Minnesota Cup. The
Minnesota Cup is accepting nominations for high growth, scalable
businesses to attend the series — and anyone may send suggestions to
Innovative ideas, technologies and products that strive to create solutions to society’s environmental issues.
Innovative products, services and solutions in manufacturing, recreation, education and all other ideas.
Innovative medical device, animal health, biotech and health technology ideas.
For full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students attending a college or university in Minnesota and who are between the ages of 19 and 30 and have less than 5 years of work experience.
Minnesota Cup Supplements
Each year, Twin Cities Business provides enhanced coverage of the Minnesota Cup through a 16 page supplement. To the right are supplements from the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 competitions that can be downloaded as PDF's.
As the Minnesota Cup program grows and evolves, one of the most important themes is that the program works. Many past finalist and semi-finalist have met investors, advisors, board members, business partners and business professionals through various Minnesota Cup events, the semi-final reception, the awards event in the fall and through media attention they have received during and after the competition.
The top three companies in each division, known as our finalists, have raised nearly $75 million since 2009. We're also proud to share that 21 of our finalists since 2005 have been women-led or co-led. To stay up-to-date on the latest Minnesota Cup success stories, follow us on Twitter @minnesotacup.