Alumni Knowledge for Action Opportunity
In collaboration with John Stavig (WG alumni) and Director – Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management of the University of Minnesota, we are pleased to provide local alumni with the opportunity to serve as mentors to entrepreneurs and business leaders who participate in the Minnesota Cup.
Founded by University alums Scott Litman and Dan Mallin and organized by the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, the Minnesota Cup has become the largest annual, statewide new venture competition in the country that seeks out aspiring entrepreneurs and their breakthrough ideas. University President Kaler has described this program as "the perfect fit with our land-grant mission" and Governor Dayton called it "a shining example of what is possible when government, academia and the business community work together to help facilitate real business growth". More than 8,000 entrepreneurs have participated in this program since it was founded in 2005 - with finalists from the past 4 years having raised more than $70 million of capital.
More important than the $300,000 in cash prizes, this competition expands the networks of emerging entrepreneurs and helps them to advance their ideas. The mentoring of semi-finalists has become an extremely popular and valued component of this competition in which experienced entrepreneurs are paired with contest semi-finalists to provide feedback on their draft business plans. we invite you to join a phenomenal group of serial entrepreneur volunteers who mentor participants in this annual competition.