Minnesota Cup 2011


Entry deadline



Competition Organizer

Wells Fargo & University of Minnesota,

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
  • Business - Local U.S.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Technology - Green
  • Technology - Other
  • Specialized Industries
Who's Eligible
Any and all residents of the State of Minnesota are eligible to enter.
Students who attend school in Minnesota and reside in the state while classes are in session are also eligible.
Important Dates

For five of the six divisions , the entry deadline is May 20, 2011. For the Social Entrepreneurship Division, the entry deadline is April 15, 2011. The winner of the Social Entrepreneurship will be announced at The Engaged Philanthropy Conference on June 16, 2011. The six winners of the divisional finals will present at the grand finals on September 8, 2011.

Competition Prizes

Each division winner will be awarded $25,000 – with the exception of the student division winner ($10,000) and social entrepreneur division winner ($20,000).

The grand prize winner will receive an additional $25,000.

The runner up in each of the six divisions will be awarded $5,000.

Other Info

Since 2005, more than 5,000 participants from across Minnesota have entered the Minnesota Cup competition. The initial Minnesota Cup entry form is brief and all entrepreneurs are encouraged to enter – whether they are just putting ideas together or already building their ventures.