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The Largest Statewide New Venture Competition






Homegrown Business Ideas Progress to Next Round in Tenth Annual Minnesota Cup Competition

The Minnesota Cup is thrilled to announce the 70 teams of Minnesota-based entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators advancing to the second round of the 2014 competition. A new record total of nearly 1300 participants submitted entries to the tenth annual Minnesota Cup.The semifinalists, in seven divisions, will now compete for a share of $300,000 in prizes, as well as the opportunity to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality. 
















Division Winners at 2013 Final Awards Event (Photo Credit: Ashley Zelenka)


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

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

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

Student
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.

Social
Innovative solutions to society's most pressing social problems.

Minnesota Cup Supplements

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

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 competitions that can be downloaded as PDF's.

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
  • 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