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Entrepreneurs, start your engines! It’s time to take your innovations to the next level, by applying for the 2017 MN Cup. Since 2005, the MN Cup has been supporting entrepreneurship in Minnesota by helping early-stage businesses get off the ground. Read More
For every gadget you see on the shelves at your local Best Buy, or in Amazon’s digital warehouse, there’s another that never sees the light of day. (Actually, there are countless others.) Read More

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Many people who are well read on technology and entrepreneurship are familiar with the traditional dynamics of a startup pitch to investors. Any casual fan of Shark Tank knows there is a basic set of questions to answer about the product, the market, the team and its traction. Read More


Minnesota Business asked its readers to vote on the startups they thought were most likely to succeed, and we are excited to announce the finalists. Stay tuned for the December issue of Minnesota Business, in which we'll reveal the winners in each category and tell you a little more about these startups, as well as the startup climate in Minnesota. Read More
There was a time when a food startup would have gone bust trying to sell spicy food to Minnesotans, but today there’s cold cash in hot stuff.
The Twin Cities is in the midst of a trending cycle for artisan businesses that create and market fiery foods.
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The winners of the 12th annual MN Cup competition were announced last week. The division winners received up to $30,000 in seed capital. The division winners are: Read More
We are seeking your vote on which new startups and new small businesses are most likely to succeed in 2017. The winners will be highlighted in the December 2016 issue of Minnesota Business magazine. Read More
Southeast Minnesota’s entrepreneur community is getting a big boost this spring with Ignite Cup, a new annual startup competition that “is open to all entrepreneurs, investors and community members who are focused on launching a startup and want to pitch their idea to an experienced panel,” according to a release from Ignite Cup. Read More
Target and Kansas City-based Techstars are teaming up to bring 10 promising startups to the Twin Cities this summer for a 3-month deep dive into high-tech retail. Read More