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Congratulations to the 2014 Dig Deep Award Winner... Gardip!

This award is presented by The Digging LLC to a company that goes above on beyond the regular calls of an entrepreneur to make sure their business is performing at its best. The winner of the award receives $1,100 to put toward their business.

Minnesota Cup recently asked Gardip a few questions about their business.

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The Minnesota Cup has added a new Food Agriculture & Beverage Division this year in order to support local food entrepreneurs in Minnesota. It only makes sense that we would partner with other organizations trying to elevate the food industry in Minnesota.

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If you haven't already heard about the numerous events happening during Twin Cities Startup Week, now is your chance.

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As part of Twin Cities Startup Week this coming September, the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship will be hosting an event called "Women in Entrepreneurship" on Friday, September 12 at the Carlson School of Management.

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The Minnesota Cup is proud to help announce the latest news on a new book written by Terri Krivosha. Her new book "Founding a Startup: What You Need to Know" is a great resource for aspiring entrepreneurs. The book covers a wide range of topics, including developing business plans, creating projections, branding considerations, where to organize and how to structure your entity, dividing equity among the founders, valuation, making the decision to seek outside investors, pitching early angel investors, developing human capital resources including compensation, and governance.

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You may be asking yourself, 'a whole week of startup events?' That's right, folks! The inaugural Twin Cities Startup Week (TCSW) will launch on Tuesday, September 9th and run through Sunday, September 14th, 2014.


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Last week, the Minnesota Cup hosted the 2014 Semifinalist Reception at the Carlson School of Management. Over 250 guests were in attendance to celebrate the 70 companies advancing to the next round of the competition. Guests included companies, judges, mentors and local business leaders.

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Minnesota Cup has formed a partnership with TreeHouse Health in order to help further develop the strong Life Science and Health IT sector that Minnesota is well-known for.

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Minnesota Cup is featuring companies that have entered this year's competition! This week's lucky winner is SotaPitcher!

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This year's Minnesota Cup entries saw a significant amount leadership from University of Minnesota alumni and military veterans!

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The Minnesota Cup and Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship launched two new initiatives this year to encourage more women to get involved in entrepreneurship and enter the Minnesota Cup.

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Greater Minnesota residents have a strong showing in this year's competition with 41 counties represented. Working with five regional partners, the Minnesota Cup has made it a priority to reach and support more entrepreneurs across Minnesota.


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Going into the 10th annual Minnesota Cup, we anticipated a good turnout due to the new Food/Agriculture/Beverage division, the educational programming we offered earlier this year including our first annual Women's Event and increase in cash prizes, but we were not expecting over 1250 participants!

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Congratulations to JonnyPops for winning the 1st Annual Ole Cup and advancing to the semi-finalist round of the Minnesota Cup!

The Minnesota Cup recently asked JonnyPops some questions to better understand what JonnyPops is all about.

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Minnesota Cup is featuring companies planning to enter this year's competition from now until May 9th! This week's lucky winner is Shotcaps!

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When we talk about the perks of entering the Minnesota Cup, the benefits are always at the top of the list. These benefits are designed to help participants advance their ideas, products or services.

The Minnesota Cup is pleased to announce that an additional benefit has been added to this year's competition. All semi-finalists and finalists will receive a free one-month PRO membership to Cafe Inc's new proworking environment in Edina, MN.

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We're featuring Minnesota entrepreneurs and their ideas/products on this blog through May 9! How do you get featured? Find a poster at any of our partner locations throughout Minnesota.

Haven't seen any Minnesota Cup posters around lately? Here's a creative solution for you:

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This morning, Minnesota Cup hosted the final 101 Series event at the Carlson School of Management. Many entrepreneurs were in attendance to learn about tools that will help them reach customers effectively.

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Minnesota Cup is featuring companies planning to enter this year's competition from now until May 9th! This week's lucky winner is Yemyo!

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What is Twin Cities Startup Weekend EDU?
Twin Cities Startup Weekend EDU (http://twincitiesedu.startupweekend.org/) is a part of a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where teachers, students, developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups! Startup Weekend EDUs are Startup Weekends with a focus on only education.

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Minnesota Cup is featuring companies planning to enter this year's competition from now until May 9th! This week's lucky winner is University of Minnesota startup, Co-Lab!

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Minnesota Cup is featuring companies planning to enter this year's competition from now until May 9th! This week's lucky winner is Trovita Health Science and their product, DrinkENU.

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Regular readers of entreVIEW are no doubt aware that the Minnesota Angel Tax Credit, a frequent topic of interest here, ran out of funds a few weeks ago. The $12.2 million available for issuance had been used up by early March, as predicted in a prior post.

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One of the many benefits Minnesota Cup offers entrepreneurs is EXPOSURE! To continue with this theme, we're featuring Minnesota entrepreneurs and their ideas/products on this blog beginning next week!

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Do you have a breakthrough business idea? Are you ready to launch the next big startup? For ten years, the Minnesota Cup competition--the largest statewide new venture competition in the United States-- has supported and accelerated the development of innovative business ideas from around the state. In 2014, the Cup opens for entries on March 24th. State residents have until May 9th to submit entries to compete for $300,000 in prize money.

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