Welcome to the Minnesota Cup!
The Largest Statewide New Venture Competition
Minnesota Cup Entries Advance in Tenth Annual Entrepreneurial Showdown
The Minnesota Cup has advanced 21 teams of Minnesota-based entrepreneurs, innovators, and inventors to the third round of the 2014 competition - the tenth annual. Finalists were chosen from 70 semifinalist teams across seven divisions, in a record year of 1300 total participants.
Division Winners at 2013 Final Awards Event (Photo Credit: Ashley Zelenka)
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 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.