Another season of the state-wide business plan competition known as the Minnesota Cup is now fast underway. Since the application window closed in mid May, judges have been busy with preliminary reviews of condensed plans to decide who is most worthy of advancing to the next round.
“The High Tech division of the Minnesota Cup seeks out, supports, and celebrates Minnesota’s technology-based economy. We are seeking entries in software and hardware (Web-based software, Web 2.0, etc.), networking, communications and wireless equipment and products. We also are looking for submissions in the innovative development and/or delivery of technology services, including consulting services, service providers and software as a service.”
The following 11 semifinalists will be competing for $25k ($5k runner-up), a host of supporting services, and visibility. On June 19th, a reception will provide the contestants with a chance to interact with judges and industry supporters. Final plans are due on July 27th and the group will further narrow to 3-4 division finalists. Ultimately, just one will go toe-to-toe with the winners from five other divisions on September 6th for a shot at this years crown that holds an additional $40k in no strings attached cash.
Relevant semi-finalists to watch from other divisions:
Altsie – General
myIGDIs – General
People Driven Performance – General
Perfekt – General
Political Harmony – Student
Cognific – Student
Mod-sty – Student
QuadROI – Clean Tech
EnergyPrint – Clean Tech
Software Defined Power – Clean Tech
“It is going to be yet another great year of competition with this new batch of Minnesota tech startups vying for the top spot,” said Minnesota Cup co founder Scott Litman. Last year, we watched as edutech startup Naiku took the top prize; prior years winners include Geacom and Alvenda (now 8thBridge).
Congratulations to all!