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General Division

Innovative services and solutions not included in the other program divisions.

The General division of the Minnesota Cup seeks out, supports, and celebrates Minnesota entrepreneurs whose ideas may not be a fit in the other Minnesota Cup divisions.

General Division Hosted by:
  • General Mills
General Division Supported by:
  • Magnet 360
  • lurie Besikof lapidus
  • Proto Labs

Awards and Benefits Include:

General Division Winner:

General 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 General Division:

  • Art Fry - 3M Corporate Scientist (Retired), Inventor of Post-It Notes
  • Fred Haberman - President, Haberman & Associates
  • Brad Lehrman - Attorney at Law, Soffer Charbonnet Law Group
  • Jeffrey Robbins - Partner, Entrepreneurial Services Practice Group, Messerli & Kramer
  • Thom Sandberg - Founder, The Kenyon Consortium
  • Jackie Schneider – Vice President of Sales and Customer Service, Proto Labs, Inc.
  • Meredith Schwarz – General Mills
  • John Uribe – Director, Mergers & Acquisitions, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Dan Young - Co-Chair, Business Law Group, Lommen Abdo
  • Ed Zabinski - Ed Zabinski, Senior Vice President, Grand Rapids State Bank

  • 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