Welcome to the Minnesota Cup entrepreneurs Resource Center. Below you will find access to valuable tools and resources that will help you start and/or further develop your business.
The Carlson School's Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship
The Holmes Center leads the development and implementation of innovative entrepreneurship curriculum at the Carlson School of Management, including entrepreneurship and experiential courses for both undergraduate and graduate students.
The Holmes Center also drives outreach activities like the Minnesota Cup, a statewide business plan competition, and student programs like 3M Seminars on Technology Commercialization, designed for graduate and doctoral students in technology and science colleges at the University of Minnesota. The Center also engages the entrepreneurial business community through mentorships, internships, and business hatchery programs, in which business practitioners advise students on planning and operating their own business ventures.
Wells Fargo: Small Business Center
Wells Fargo has been serving small businesses and their owners since 1852 so they understand the unique challenges you face balancing the needs of your company and personal life. Their Small Business Center provides articles, videos, and newsletters to help you succeed in both.
Additional articles for entrepreneurs and small business can be found at the Wells Fargo Small Business Center
Minnesota Angel Network
The Minnesota Angel Network is a public-private partnership developed to provide Minnesota State wide start-up companies and emerging projects with increased access to funding. It provides a secure, focused Web-based portal to facilitate connections between angel investors and companies. Minnesota Angel Network supports all industry sectors.
Minnesota Angel Network is organized as a structured school or training ground for entrepreneurs. The program is designed to save time for the investor by helping the company to prepare for the due diligence process. The structure includes a "belting" system, similar to a martial arts program, to provide a clear framework for a company's progress. Pilot companies are currently going through the process to test the system.
Gray Plant Mooty
Gray Plant Mooty (GPM)’s Entrepreneurial Services Group knows that an exceptional legal advisor needs to be more than just a skilled draftsman of documents. GPM lawyers are recognized throughout the investment and entrepreneurial communities for their practical business acumen and their broad networks, which complements their exceptional legal skills. GPM lawyers routinely assist clients across many industries, including the high tech industry, in building management teams, raising capital, and developing strategies to succeed.
To help entrepreneurs better understand the legal issues related to starting a business, GPM has developed an extensive list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that are available on the firm's Web site.
inFINANCING, Insider's Guide to Business Financing
inFinancing offers guidebooks, workshops & forums to help startup, emerging and growth companies based on the Handbook of Business Finance & Capital Sources by Dileep Rao.
inFINANCING has been developed by Dileep Rao, president of InterFinance Corporation, based on his experience financing over 450 emerging ventures, growing businesses and real estate projects, using venture capital, debt and development financing. Mr. Rao has also raised equity, debt, grants and incentives for over 450 projects and businesses, and successfully turned around four businesses. Currently, Mr. Rao advises companies on their business and financing strategy, and advises financial institutions on their portfolio.reneurs, their advisors and area business developers.
Learn more at www.infinancing.com
Twin Cities Business: Fact Finder
The Twin Cities Business "Fact Finder" includes several tools and resources for the local business community. This include "The Big Book" with ranked list by industry for Minnesota Companies and "Arrow" a business directory with resources for Growing Companies. Additional resources include the Minnesota Biosciences directory of companies and the Fact Finder Search, a directory of MN business leaders and companies.
Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP
New and emerging businesses need innovative legal counsel provided in a practical and cost-effective manner. Maslon has built its reputation on delivering just that. We have advised new businesses that focus on distinct market niches, as well as those with boundless ambition. We have represented clients from the inception of their businesses when they were concepts within the entrepreneur's mind, through to their initial public offering or sale of the business. Your emerging business will get attentive guidance and savvy counsel across a spectrum of issues vital to your success. We'll help you avoid pitfalls and capitalize on opportunities.
State of Minnesota (DEED)
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has great resources, tools and programs to aid the entrepreneurs of MN.
Learn more about how DEED can help you Start Your Business
Startupshoppe, Inc. offers the Minnesota Startup Showcase, which is a professional online video production where your company's presentation is synchronized with a video of your personalized pitch for online viewing. This professionally produced, integrated video solution provides a powerful format for delivering your message to a targeted audience.
Learn more about Minnesota Startup Showcase
Organizations that Support Entrepreneurs
The Bizlounge Network is a group of aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs. We host events where we bring in a successful entrepreneur (typically a 40 under 40 winner) to share their entrepreneurial story of how they got to where they are and what lessons they've learned along the way. Before and after the informal presentation, attendees can network and create connections with other local entrepreneurs.
Learn more at www.bizlounge.org
The Collaborative is a vital community of entrepreneurs,investors and advisors fostering entrepreneurship and building better, and more profitable companies. For over 20 year, The Collaborative has served as a proven resource for growing companies, providing real-life quality content and networking while also fueling, convening, and celebrating Minnesota's Innovation Economy.
Learn more at www.collaborative.net
MEDA (Metropolitan Economic Development Association)
Founded in 1971, MEDA provides assistance to businesses owned and managed by ethnic minorities. Unique among economic development organizations, MEDA's services are directed toward new and existing businesses whose owners are committed to making an impact through:
- job creation
- their firms' growth and profitability
- community involvement
Learn more at www.meda.net
MIMA (Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association)
MIMA is a networking and professional development forum for interactive marketing professionals. That said, we're not your average, gotta-have-something-on-my-resume club. We keep it real with events that challenge the status quo. We bring the interactive community together over issues that matter. What's more, we actually like to kick back and have some fun. Real fun. Ask anyone who's been to an event. They're different, because our members are different. Smart. Savvy. Sarcastic. Driven.
Visit www.mima.org to learn more.
MMSDC (Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council)
The Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) serves as a conduit between the corporate world and the minority owned business. Through the cooperative efforts of corporate members, minority owned business and staff, the MMSDC produces amazing opportunities for everyone involved.
Learn more at www.mmsdc.org
Minnesota NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners)
The mission of NAWBO is to help women business owners who want to be successful - be successful! It is a great association to connect and network with other women business owners.
To learn more, visit www.nawbo-mn.org