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High Tech Division

The High Tech division of the Minnesota Cup seeks out, supports, and celebrates Minnesota's technology-based economy. We are seeking entries in software and hardware (Web-based software, Web 2.0, etc.), networking, communications and wireless equipment and products. We also are looking for submissions in the innovative development and/or delivery of technology services, including consulting services, service providers and software as a service.

 

High Tech Division Hosted by:
  • Digital River
High Tech Division Supported by:
  • Magnet 360
  • Gray Plant Mooty
  • TECHdotMN

Awards and Benefits Include:

High Tech Division Winner:

High Tech 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 High Tech Division:

  • Tony Abena – Chief Operating Officer, Deloitte Investments LLC
  • David Dalvey – Brightstone Venture Capital
  • Tom Donnelly – President & Chief Operating Officer, Digital River
  • Michael Gorman – Managing Director, Split Rock Partners
  • Dan Grigsby – Founding Partner, Drivetrain
  • Sima Griffith – Founder, Aethlon Capital
  • Jeff Hinck – Partner, Icon Venture Partners
  • Joel Lebewitz – Partner, Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP
  • Joy Lindsay – President and Co-Founder StarTec Investments, LLC
  • Scott Litman – Co-founder, Minnesota Cup & Managing Partner, Magnet 360
  • Marti Nyman – Director, Emerging Businesses Group, UnitedHealth Group
  • Doug Ramler – Principal Co-Chair Entrepreneurial Services Group, Gray Plant Mooty Law Firm
  • Sam Richter – Chief Executive of SBR Worldwide and SVP/Chief Marketing Officer at ActiFi
  • Guy Turner – Partner, Hyde Park Venture Partners 
  • Marc Usem – Principal/Portfolio Mgr., Usem Bergstrand Capital Management, LLC

  • 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