Welcome to the Minnesota Cup!
The Largest Statewide New Venture Competition
The Minnesota Cup will host a free half-day seminar for past and future women participants on Mar. 3, 2014, at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. The 2014 Minnesota Cup Women’s Entrepreneur Event, sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron, will focus on the challenges and opportunities encountered by women entrepreneurs, inventors and small business owners, and will feature a keynote address from Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former CEO of Carlson.
The Minnesota Cup has announced that it is adding an International Division to its 10th annual competition set to launch in March 2014. LifeScience Alley, the largest state-based life sciences trade association in the U.S. and partner of the Minnesota Cup, will serve as the division’s sponsor.
The largest statewide new venture competition in the nation, the Minnesota Cup, is announcing a new category — Food, Agriculture and Beverage — for its 10th annual competition, launching in March 2014. It also is announcing a new prize total — $300,000 — for next year’s winners.
The new division includes businesses focused on food products, food processing technologies, material innovation, ingredients technologies, agriculture innovation, food safety advancements and more. It joins the other six Minnesota Cup divisions: Energy/Clean Tech/Water, General, High Tech, Life Science/Health IT, Social Entrepreneur and Student.
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.
Innovative ideas related to food products, food technologies in manufacturing, materials and ingredients technologies, food safety and farming.
Innovative web 2.0, mobile, software and hardware ideas.
Innovative solutions to society's most pressing social problems.
Support entrepreneurs from across the globe and expose their new ideas to the region’s investment community.
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.
Whether it's 2005 finalist HealthSimple who went on to successfully sell their business to Johnson & Johnson, 2006 winner VAST Enterprises and their growth including a partnership with Fabcon or 2009 winner Alvenda who closed on their series A round soon after the competition ended, we hear stories of past entrants that have had great success since participating in the Minnesota Cup.