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Welcome to the Minnesota Cup

Welcome to the Minnesota Cup!

The Largest Statewide New Venture Competition



Minnesota Cup Launches Women In Entrepreneurship Series

The Minnesota Cup—the country’s largest statewide new venture competition that encourages the development of breakthrough business ideas—is hosting the first of three invite-only events focused on women in entrepreneurship, to encourage more women-owned businesses to enter the Minnesota Cup.  The Minnesota Cup is accepting nominations for high growth, scalable businesses to attend the series — and anyone may send suggestions to support@breakthroughideas.org.

Energy, Clean Tech & Water
Innovative ideas, technologies and products that strive to create solutions to society’s environmental issues. 

Innovative products, services and solutions in manufacturing, recreation, education and all other ideas.

Innovative medical device, animal health, biotech and health technology ideas. 

For full and part-time undergraduate and 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.
Food, Agriculture & Beverage
Innovative ideas related to food products, food technologies in manufacturing, materials and ingredients technologies, food safety and farming.

High Tech
Innovative web 2.0, mobile, software and hardware ideas.

Innovative solutions to society's most pressing social problems.

Minnesota Cup Supplements

Each year, Twin Cities Business provides enhanced coverage of the Minnesota Cup through a 16 page supplement. To the right are supplements from the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 competitions that can be downloaded as PDF's.

2014 MN Cup supplement 2013 MN Cup supplement 2012 MN Cup supplement 2011 MN Cup supplement 2010 MN Cup supplement 2009 2008 2007

Success Stories

As the Minnesota Cup program grows and evolves, one of the most important themes is that the program works. Many past finalist and semi-finalist have met investors, advisors, board members, business partners and business professionals through various Minnesota Cup events, the semi-final reception, the awards event in the fall and through media attention they have received during and after the competition.

The top three companies in each division, known as our finalists, have raised nearly $75 million since 2009. We're also proud to share that 21 of our finalists since 2005 have been women-led or co-led. To stay up-to-date on the latest Minnesota Cup success stories, follow us on Twitter @minnesotacup.

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