MN Cup

MN Cup is a startup competition and hub to connect Minnesota’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We support emerging entrepreneurs through events, educational programming and an annual startup competition that provides them with tools, resources and support to launch and accelerate the development of their new ventures. Our aim is to create jobs and grow our state’s innovation footprint. MN Cup has an ongoing women's initiative to acknowledge and address the specific challenges and opportunities women encounter each day as entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors. | @MinnesotaCup


With $5 MILLION in prizes, 43North is a competition that’s in a league of its own. But it’s more than that. For winners, it’s an amazing staff and dedicated mentors. And free incubator space. And healthy tax-breaks. And some fierce ping pong.

The winners are helping to fuel a remarkable story that’s well under way – the renaissance of a great American city. BUFFALO, NY is poised to show the world what a 21st century city looks like, and that it’s a fertile ground for visionaries, pioneers, dreamers, and doers. | @forty3north

Startup Next Food & Tech

Techstars launched a partnership with Land O’Lakes focused on food and tech.Applications are now open for Startup Next Food and Tech, presented by Land O’Lakes. This program will provide startups with mentorship, partnership, and executive access to help them along their entrepreneurial journey.

Startup Next with Land O'Lakes | @startupnext

The Iron Yard

The Iron Yard offers full-time and part-time programs in Back-End Engineering, Front-End Engineering, Mobile Engineering and Design. The Iron Yard creates real, lasting change for people, their companies, and communities through technology education. The in-person, immersive format of The Iron Yard's 12-week courses helps people learn to code and be prepared with the skills needed to start a career as junior-level software developers.

The Iron Yard in Minneapolis | @TheIronYard

Prime Digital Academy

Prime prepares students to join the industry as entry-level software engineers through a program centered around a 12 week immersive classroom experience. Prime uses modern technologies like HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, AngularJS and Node.js to give students a foundational knowledge in software engineering to apply in any technical environment. | @goprimeacademy


MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for- profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. We also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through our global network of accelerators in Boston, the UK, Israel, Switzerland, and Mexico, and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, we can have a massive impact - driving growth and creating value the world over. To date, 835 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $1.4 billion, generated over $575 million in revenue, and created over 50,000 jobs. | @masschallenge