The Student division of the Minnesota Cup seeks out, supports, and celebrates Minnesota's most innovative and promising young entrepreneurs. Entrants must be full or part-time undergraduate or 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.
Awards and Benefits Include:
Student Division Winner:
- $20,000 in seed capital.
- Professionally produced and edited video of final pitch at Grand Prize judging round courtesy of TECHdotMN
- Scholarship to the Minnesota High Tech Association's Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference.
Student Division Runner-up:
- $5,000 in seed capital
- 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.
- The opportunity to receive pro bono legal services from the University of Minnesota Law School's Business Law Clinic.
- Detailed feedback of their final written entry and oral presentation.
- The opportunity to present their plan to a review board of esteemed business leaders.
- 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.
- 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 Student Division:
- Pam Bishop – Entrepreneur Senior Program Officer, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
- Robert Bodor – Director, Business Development, Proto Labs, Inc.
- Brian Clark – Sr. Director, Innovation and Business Development, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement
- Jordan Fineberg – Global Business Manager, 3M Transdermal Drug Delivery Systems
- Chet Funk – Co-founder, Cafe Inc.
- Brian Gustafson – Senior Director, Portfolio Management, Tonkawa
- Cate Heaven Young – Corporate Attorney, Stinson Leonard Street
- Franz Hofmeister – Founder, Brands Across America and President/CEO, Quaker Bakery Brands
- Steve Klick – Serial Entrepreneur
- Sandi Larson – Public Engagement Coordinator, UMD Center for Economic Development
- Senator Jeremy Miller – Serving Fillmore, Houston, and Winona Counties
- David Moe – Sr. Manager, Control and Business Integration, Toro (China) Irrigation Equipment Co.
- Lloyd Sigel – Founder, Lloyd's Barbeque Co.
- Dick Vogen – Founder of Vocam