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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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This morning, Minnesota Cup hosted the third 101 Series event at the Carlson School of Management. Investors and entrepreneurs were in attendance to review and gain more insight about the different financing that each stage of a startup requires.

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Yesterday, Minnesota Cup hosted the inaugural Women's Entrepreneur Event sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron. It was held at the Carlson School of Management and provided the audience with an opportunity to listen to prominent women business leaders in the community. Topics included financing, choosing advisory boards, raising capital and many more!

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Just as I was working on my latest entreVIEW post trying to avoid any "legal topic," I felt compelled to provide an additional update on the Minnesota Angel Tax Credit.

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The JOBS Act legislation created by Congress in April 2012 was supposed to help American startups and entrepreneurs gain traction quickly. The idea was simple: use the power of the Internet to "increase American job creation and economic growth by providing access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies." Ironically, the rules for implementation written by the Securities and Exchange Commission reflect a pre-Internet world.

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On Wednesday, February 12, KNOCK, Inc. hosted the inaugural SPUR event in collaboration with The Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. The first of a series of events dedicated to helping women students connect with prominent women business leaders in the metro. It gave women students a chance to explore career paths other than large corporations and soak up advice about seeking out jobs and internships.

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This morning, Minnesota Cup hosted its second 101 Series event. Entrepreneurs and local business leaders came to glean knowledge on the topic of accounting from some of the experts in the field as well as a seasoned entrepreneur. Held at the Carlson School of Management, the event helped listeners understand why accounting is the language of business.


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The Minnesota Cup is excited to be a sponsor of SPARK! Annual Celebration of Innovation Event, which will feature three inspirational stories of entrepreneurial success. Taking place on Wednesday, January 22 at MUSE Event Center in downtown Minneapolis, this event features keynote speaker Greg Liberman, CEO of Spark Networks, the parent company of JDate, ChristianMingle and more than 20 other niche online communities.

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This morning, Minnesota Cup hosted its first event in the new 101 Series. The topic for today was the legal side of raising capital in Minnesota. Held at the Carlson School of Management, the event attracted startups interested in learning more as well as seasoned veterans looking for a refresher on some new laws related to raising money.

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Do you have an interest in raising capital for your start up? Do you want to learn more about the Minnesota Angel Tax Credit for 2014? Do you have questions about crowdfunding?

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With the latest announcement from 2013 High Tech Division Winner thisCLICKS on raising $4m, we thought it would be fun to share the recent successes of other 2013 Minnesota Cup division winners.

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The Minnesota Cup -- the largest statewide new venture competition in the nation -- has announced that it is adding an International Division to its 10th annual competition, set to launch in March 2014. LifeScience Alley, the largest state-based life sciences trade association in the U.S. and partner of the Minnesota Cup, will serve as the division's sponsor.

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The largest statewide new venture competition in the nation, the Minnesota Cup, is announcing a new category -- Food, Agriculture and Beverage -- for its 10th annual competition, launching in March 2014. It also is announcing a new prize total -- $300,000 -- for next year's winners.

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Joel Lebewitz, partner at Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company and Minnesota Cup review board member, discusses how preparing financial forecasts will help you put together a clear and concise plan for investors. Know your operations, and the type of money you can get.

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The Innovation Engine recently spoke with Joel Donna, founder, president and CEO of 3Ring. 3Ring is a finalist for the 2013 Minnesota Cup and participant inThe Kauffman Foundation's FastTrac® TechVenture™ class, being offered by The Innovation Engine.

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Fifty-seven teams of semi-finalists in the ninth annual Minnesota Cup -- the statewide entrepreneurial contest that supports and accelerates the development of Minnesota's newest and most innovative business ideas -- worked throughout the summer to hone their groundbreaking business ideas. Today, the top three ideas in each of the six divisions in the Minnesota Cup -- Energy/Clean Tech, General, High Tech, Life Science/Health IT, Social Entrepreneur and Student -- will advance to the finalist round, and will compete for a share of $200,000 in prize money and the opportunity to bring their entrepreneurial vision into focus.

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Keynote speaker, Julie Gilbert Newrai, 2012 Minnesota Cup winner, Founder and CEO of PreciouStatus and WOLF Means Business, shared her entrepreneurial journey with inspirational words and complementing multimedia.

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