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Business Competitions

MN Cup
The Minnesota Cup is an annual, statewide competition that seeks out aspiring entrepreneurs and their breakthrough ideas. The MN Cup has several different categories with $20,000 in prize money to each category winner.  


Minnesota Inventors Congress
The Invention & Idea Show offers inventors an opportunity to test market their inventions, to network with other inventors and to talk to patent attorneys and consultants who are experts in the product development process.


Cleantech Open Business Competition
The Cleantech Open Business Competition is designed to accelerate your business launch and growth. Anyone looking to turn their clean tech idea into a thriving business can apply.



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If you know of additional credible business competitions, please send information to Greater Mankato Growth.

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership