Calling all Minnesota entrepreneurs, inventors, researchers, and small business owners interested in competing for $475,000 in seed money:

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon wants you to know about an incredible opportunity for Minnesotans working on the next breakthrough business venture: MN Cup.

The MN Cup is an annual new venture competition is for Minnesota entrepreneurs, researchers and inventors. Since its inception, the MN Cup has awarded more than $2.4 million in seed money to MN startups. Organized by the University of Minnesota, MN Cup is a startup competition and hub to connect Minnesota’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Participants in the 2018 MN Cup will be competing for more than $475,000 in available seed money. Whether you are at the point of inception or already have created a company and are pursuing your breakthrough idea, this program is intended to provide support for you as an entrepreneur. Apply today!

Last year’s grand prize winner was MicroOptx, Inc., a medical device company that makes implants for halting the progression of glaucoma. But prize money and mentorship also went to many other companies, including Autonomous Tractor Corporation, which retrofits farm equipment for automation and electric power; the woman-led Z Flow Pro, the air-curtain face shield; the fantasy soccer app Starting 11, and sixteen other companies — check out the full list here.

Entrepreneurs based in MN with less than $1 million in annual revenue are eligible to apply in one of nine divisions:

  • Education & Training
  • Energy/ Clean Tech/ Water
  • Food/ Ag/ Beverage
  • General
  • High Tech
  • Life Science/ Health IT
  • Impact Ventures
  • Student (current undergrad and graduate students)
  • Youth (18 and younger)

Apply today!