Welcome to the 10th Annual Minnesota Cup
Dear Minnesota Cup Participants and Organizers:
Welcome to the tenth annual Minnesota Cup!
The Minnesota Cup celebrates and encourages the unique character that makes Minnesota a special place to do business. From our rich history of entrepreneurship to our impressive list of Fortune 500 companies, Minnesota is where great ideas become great companies. Attracting more than 8,000 entries since 2005, the Minnesota Cup is now the largest statewide new venture competition in the country.
Over the years, many fresh ideas and promising companies have emerged from this contest including Preceptis Medical, the 2013 Grand Prize Winner, that developed the technology to reduce the amount of time required to complete a common ear-tube procedure performed on children.
I am grateful for the support provided by the Minnesota Cup's lead sponsors, including: the University of Minnesota; Wells Fargo; Carlson Companies; Digital River; General Mills; UnitedHealth Group; and the state of Minnesota. This is an excellent example of how public and private partnerships can work together and encourage new business development in Minnesota.
I look forward to hearing about the next round of Minnesota Cup winners in September. I send my best wishes to this year's competitors now and in all your future endeavors.
My best regards.