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Life Science & Health IT Division

The Life Science & Health IT Division seeks out, supports, and celebrates Minnesota's most innovative entrepreneurs developing plans and businesses in medical devices, biologics and biopharmaceuticals, animal health, food, healthcare delivery, healthcare services, healthcare IT and more.

Life Science & Health IT Division Hosted by:
  • Fredrikson Byron
Life Science & Health IT Division Supported by:

Awards and Benefits Include:

Life Science & Health IT Division Winner:

Life Science & Health IT Division Runner-up:

  • $5,000 in seed capital

All finalists:

  • Featured in a supplement that is included in the December issue of Twin Cities Business magazine.
  • Division Finalist Training - "Winning Investment Presentations" by Spoken Impact.
  • Detailed feedback of their final written entry and oral presentation.
  • The opportunity to present their plan to a review board of esteemed business leaders.

All semi-finalists:

  • An invitation to attend a semi-finalist reception at the Carlson School of Management.
  • The opportunity to be paired with a University of Minnesota alumni mentor with extensive entrepreneurial experience.

All entrants:

  • Opportunity to learn about resources available to entrepreneurs and attend events organized/promoted by the Minnesota Cup.
  • Networking with Minnesota Cup supporting partners and other entrepreneurs.
  • A chance to improve the entrepreneur’s pitch given the required elements of the initial entry, which also represent a basic outline for a business plan.
  • A valuable experience that will help all entrants as they work on their ventures.

Review Board for Life Science & Health IT Division:

  • Kunjorn Chambundabongse – UnitedHealth Group
  • Juliana Elstad – Elstad Medical, LLC
  • Jacki Jenuth – Principal, Lumira Capital
  • Ryan Johnson – Attorney and Advisor, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Amin Kassem – Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Carewise Health
  • Michael Kline, Ph.D. – Mayo Ventures
  • Tim Laske – Senior Product Development Director, Ph.D., Medtronic, Inc.
  • Beth Leonard – Partner, Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP
  • Dan Mallin – Co-founder, Minnesota Cup & Managing Partner, Magnet 360
  • Ryan Paddock – Nzuri Ethos Investments, LLC
  • Stephen Parente – Professor, Department of Finance, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
  • Jay Schrankler – Executive Director, Office for Technology Commercialization, University of Minnesota
  • Ed Spencer – Managing Partner, Affinity Capital Management
  • Barb Stinnett – CEO and Managing Partner of the Timmaron Group
  • Kathy Tune – Partner, Thomas, McNerney & Partners


  • Magnet 360
  • Leonard, Street and Deinard
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Mosaic
  • Mojo Minnesota
  • General Mills
  • MHTA
  • The Collaborative
  • MVCA
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Spoken Impact
  • Startec
  • Messerli and Kramer
  • TECHdotMN
  • Split Rock Partners
  • Eide Bailly
  • Fredrikson Byron
  • Social Ventures Partners
  • Lommen Abdo
  • Gray Plant Mooty
  • Twin Cities Business
  • Haberman Associates
  • Kenyon
  • lurie Besikof lapidus
  • Maslon
  • Positively Minnesota
  • Proto Labs
  • Clean Tech Open
  • Gopher Angels
  • AURI
  • Ecomagination
  • Division of Energy Resources - Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Digital River
  • 301 Inc. Emerging Brand Elevator
  • Stoel Rives LLP
  • SixSpeed
  • Grain Millers