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Welcome to the Minnesota Cup

Awards & Benefits

Through the support of our partners, we have been able to put together a variety of awards that are intended to assist the entrants of the Minnesota Cup as they pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. The following is a summary of the awards that will be provided:

Division Winners:

Division Runners-Up:

  • $5,000 in seed capital.

Minnesota Cup Grand Prize Winner:

  • Additional $50,000 in seed capital.
  • The Minnesota Cup, presented by David and Carolyn Cleveland.
  • Business services from Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand law firm.
  • Complimentary attendance and an invitation to present their company at the Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference, hosted by the Minnesota High Tech Association

All finalists: (21)

  • Featured in a 16 page supplement that is included in the December issue of Twin Cities Business.
  • Division Finalist Training - "Winning Investment Presentations" by Spoken Impact.
  • Enjoy a free one-month PRO membership to Cafe Inc's new proworking environment in Edina, MN.  
  • Detailed feedback of their final written entry and oral presentation.
  • The opportunity to present their plan to an esteemed review board made up of prominent business leaders and investors.

All semi-finalists: (70)

  • An invitation to attend a semi-finalist reception at the Carlson School of Management, where they can meet other semi-finalists, members of the review board, and Minnesota Cup partners.
  • The opportunity to be paired with a mentor with extensive entrepreneurial experience.
  • Enjoy a free one-month PRO membership to Cafe Inc's new proworking environment in Edina, MN.  

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, investors 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.

  • 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