The Ignite Cup is a competition for start-up businesses in southern Minnesota. It is modeled after the MN Cup, the largest startup competition in the country, where entrepreneurs are invited to present their ideas for real prizes. The winner of the Ignite Cup will have the chance to compete as a semifinalist in the statewide MN Cup business competition.
To compete in the Ignite Cup, start-ups must complete an online application. Five applicants will be selected to present their businesses to a panel, featuring qualified economic development professionals. Then select a winner to move onto the MN Cup, where competitors have a chance to gain business plan feedback, mentorship opportunities, media exposure, networking opportunities, and $400,000 in available seed funding.
All Ignite Cup competitors will receive feedback and regional networking opportunities. The Ignite Cup is open to any southern Minnesota resident interested in business innovation.
Stay tuned for application information for 2018.