Funding has long been considered the fuel that propels a startup from the idea phase to becoming an income-generating enterprise. But for participants in the MN Cup startup competition, the mentorship and business advice can be just as valuable.
As the largest statewide startup competition in the country, MN Cup supports emerging entrepreneurs from across the state through events, educational programming, and it’s widely-recognized annual competition, now in its 14th year. The Cup is a program of the Holmes Center at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Last year, more than 1,300 teams and individuals applied to the competition in hopes of tapping into the tools, resources, and support the organization provides to help launch and accelerate these new ventures.
For the past fifteen years, the Minneapolis and St. Paul Chambers of Commerce have been bringing together thought leaders from across the state of Minnesota to explore and study issues in urban regions of the country. Last year, the group traveled to Seattle, while previous years have brought them to San Francisco, Denver, Portland, Austin, Charlotte, Atlanta, Toronto, San Diego, and Boston.
This week, members of the DMC Economic Development Agency leadership joined nearly 100 other civic, business, and philanthropic leaders from across the state to participate in the 15th Annual InterCity Leadership Visit to Baltimore.
DMC’s vision of making Rochester America’s City for Health incorporates the incredible work taking place inside the walls of Mayo Clinic and applying it to everyday life experiences for the people of Rochester, its visitors, patients, and companions. But the future of Rochester can’t be dependent on Mayo Clinic alone.
Thomas Fisher is professor and director of the Metropolitan Design Center at the University of Minnesota and the most recent addition to the DMC Economic Development Agency (EDA) board of directors. Tom has spent more than 35 years as a teacher, writer, and urban designer. Tom will be the featured speaker at the Conley-Maass Special Reception on Thursday, February 18 and will share his thoughts on the importance of place as it relates to the entrepreneurial landscape of a community.