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One of the many benefits in becoming a Minnesota Cup semi-finalist is gaining access to premier events focused on helping entrepreneurs and ideas advance in the competition. Last night, Gray Plant Mooty and Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company hosted a panel discussion sharing insights on how to prepare a winning submission for the next round of the competition.

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Minnesota Cup Semi-finalists, the challenge you now face is to transform that very good, but very brief, summary of your business idea into a spectacular business plan and an unforgettable presentation. But how does that happen? How do you get the judges to select your idea as the one of the top ideas in the state of Minnesota? And how do you do it in only about 30 days? What's the secret?

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Last night, Minnesota Cup hosted its 2013 Semi-Finalist Reception at the Carlson School of Management. The well-attended event attracted over 200 people including the competition's 57 semi-finalists.

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In 2012 I attended the Angel Capital Association conference in Austin, Texas and again this year in San Francisco. One of the trends I observed at the conferences was a clear interest by large corporations in investing in early stage businesses as a means of capturing innovation.

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We are thrilled to announce the 57 teams of entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators advancing to the second round of the 2013 competition. Almost 1,100 Minnesotans entered the ninth annual Minnesota Cup, a statewide contest designed to accelerate the development of innovative business ideas. Semifinalists in six categories will now compete for their share of $200,000 and the chance to bring their entrepreneurial vision to life.

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Last night, the Minnesota Cup Social Division Semi-Finalists were selected for the Mosaic Social Entrepreneur Cup. Social Venture Partners and Mosaic hosted an event at the Carlson School of Management to identify the top entries from this year's Social Division.

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