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Monday, March 30, 2015

Opportunity: MN Cup for Minnesota Entrepreneurs


Calling all entrepreneurs! The MN Cup is happening. Considered a "venture competition," aspiring entrepreneurs are supported to launch and accelerate the development of their new ventures.

Past participants in the competition have gone on to successfully launch businesses, raise capital and create jobs in Minnesota. Let's show them some great ideas coming from all parts of the state.

Welcome and thank you for your interest in MN Cup! We're looking for aspiring entrepreneurs who mean business. Whether you are at the point of inception or have already created a company, MN Cup is here to provide support for the next breakthrough ideas in our state. Entering its 11th year, MN Cup has worked with over 9,000 entrepreneurs and awarded over $1,000,000 in seed capital.
Rules to apply: Your company needs to be based in MN and have less than $1M in annual revenue. Past participants of MN Cup are welcome to enter if they have not reached the finalist round of the competition. Semifinalists and entrants are encouraged to reapply.  
The application will remain open from March 23 to May 8, 2015. Applicants will have the ability to edit their submission until 11:59 p.m. on May 8th. Entries may be submitted individually or as a group of up to four people. Participants will self-select their division. For a detailed description of competition divisions, please click here. 
Top entrants will be notified on June 8th of their advancement to the semifinalist round. Eight division winners will be chosen from the semifinalist pool. Division winners will present their ideas to a prestigious panel of executives, investors and notable entrepreneurs who will choose the 2015 grand prize winner. The contest will culminate with an awards event on September 11th at the University of Minnesota. 
Division winners will each receive $30,000 and various other benefits. The grand prize winner will receive an additional $50,000 in seed capital and mentorship from the state's leaders in finance, accounting, legal, marketing and management support services.  
If you have any questions during the application process, please contact MN Cup at support@breakthroughideas.org. 
Good luck!
MN Cup

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