Minnesota Entrepreneurs Advance to the Finalist Round of MN Cup

MN Cup is thrilled to announce that 26 teams of Minnesota based entrepreneurs have advanced into the finalist round of the 2016 competition. These finalists were selected from 80 semifinalists across eight divisions, out of a pool of nearly 1500 original participants. The MN Cup division review boards selected the following winners:

Energy/Clean Tech/Water Division:

Activated Research Company, 7 County Metro Region

Arc Suppression Technologies, 7 County Metro Region, Veteran-led

Verterra Energy, Inc., 7 County Metro Region

Food/Ag/Beverage Division:

Bolton Bees, 7 County Metro Region, Woman-led

Far North Spirits, Kittson County, Woman-led

SelfEco Garden, 7 County Metro Region

General Division:

Awear Technologies LLC, Pine County

Berd Spokes, 7 County Metro Region

Key Log Rolling, 7 County Metro Region, Woman-led

Tree Trainer, 7 County Metro Region

High Tech Division:

Sezzle, 7 County Metro Region, Minority-led

Token of Trust, 7 County Metro Region

Vugo, 7 County Metro Region

Life Science/Health IT Division:

Geneticure LLC, 7 County Metro Region

StemoniX, 7 County Metro Region, Minority-led

Zift Medical, 7 County Metro Region

Social Entrepreneur Division:

Asiya, 7 County Metro Region, Woman-led, Minority-led

Mind Shift, 7 County Metro Region

The Mother Love, 7 County Metro Region, Woman-led

Student Division:

Minnealloy Magnetics, 7 County Metro Region, Minority-led

Nesel Packs, 7 County Metro Region, Woman-led

Blue Dog Denim, Rice County, Woman-led

Youth Division:

Da Bomb Bath Fizzers, 7 County Metro Region, Woman-led

ExpressionMed, 7 County Metro Region, Woman-led

Leozarb, 7 County Metro Region, Minority-led

mXers Audio, 7 County Metro Region, Minority-led

Finalist teams were selected based on their detailed business plans, investor presentations, and videos, created through the summer and evaluated using the MN Cup judging criteria. Since the semifinalist announcement in June, entrepreneurs received access to weekly exclusive events hosted by our sponsors and partners and coaching from their personal MN Cup mentor.

During the month of August, finalists will receive presentation training from Spoken Impact and be narrowed down to division winners who will each receive $30,000, and one runner up who will receive $5,000. Teams will present in front of the MN Cup Review Board on August 30 and 31 to determine who will win the division award - and a share of the record $402,000 in prize money.

Division winners will move on to compete for the grand prize award on September 22. The 2016 MN Cup grand prize recipient will be announced that evening at a gala at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center. The event will feature live company pitches, updates from last years MN Cup winner, Astropad, and the announcement of the grand prize winner.

This event is open to the public, register here. Join us in celebrating entrepreneurship in Minnesota: https://2016mncupfinals.eventbrite.com