The MN Cup announced the 80 teams that will move forward as semifinalists, down from the 616 companies that applied.
 
The competition, now in its 12th year, takes startups from across the state and has them compete for over $400,000 in prize money, mentoring, networking and other support.
 
“Every year, our state has reaped the benefits of entrepreneurial innovation thanks to the business visionaries who participate in and support the MN Cup competition,” say cofounder Scott Litman. “We’re absolutely looking forward to seeing what these semifinalists will accomplish as we move toward the final round.”
 
Competitors are split into several different categories. Those include energy/clean tech/water, food/agriculture/beverage, general, high tech, life science/health IT, social entrepreneurship, students and youth. The youth competition is new this year and is aimed at entrepreneurs under the age of 18.
 
This year’s semifinalists include:
 
Energy/Clean Tech/Water
  • Activated Research Company
  • Arc Supression Technologies
  • Designed Energy Savings
  • enVerde
  • Freedom Motors
  • LADi Water
  • Lightwave Photonics
  • PureBiomass
  • Verterra Energy
  • VivoDynamics
 
Food/Agriculture/Beverage
  • 5 Infused Vodka
  • Bolton Bees
  • Far North Spirits
  • Farmhouse Market
  • Four Seasons Shrimp
  • Local Crate
  • Nurish
  • SelfEco Garden
  • Spods
  • True Dough
 
General
  • Awear Technologies
  • Berd Spokes
  • Crotega Safety Solutions
  • Elevate Hockey
  • Key Log Rolling
  • Moxy Muscle Oxygen Monitor
  • SkillFitness
  • Stiff Tape Measure
  • The THCer
  • UR TURN
 
HIGH TECH
  • Corology
  • DragonEye
  • Hitsfu
  • Homi
  • Raincard
  • Sezzle
  • Spark DJ
  • Token of Trust
  • Vugo
  • Zerda
 
Life Science/IT
  • Geneticure
  • Healthe
  • Magic Arms
  • MetaLogics
  • MyMeds
  • NanoDev Therapeutics
  • Photonic Pharma
  • Protosthetics
  • StemoniX
  • Zift Medical
 
Social Entrepreneurship
  • Asiya
  • Bim Bam Boo
  • Depart Smart
  • Dignity by Design
  • FAN School
  • Mind Shift
  • Queblo
  • Right Stuff Drones
  • The Mother Love
  • THRIVORS
 
Student
  • Blue Dog Denim
  • Core Technologies
  • FishingResortsAndCharts.com
  • H&H
  • Minnedust Magnetics
  • Mobineo
  • Nesel Packs
  • Sounds Connections
  • Tree Trainer
  • Under Recruited Preps
 
Youth
  • Boat Bobbers
  • Da Bomb Bath Fizzers
  • Eddie’s Goat Milk Goods
  • ExpressionMed
  • Finessin Global
  • JATS
  • Leozarb
  • Medical Assistance via Quick Response Code
  • mXers Audio
  • Rhidian Tech
 
Last year’s winner of the MN Cup was Astropad. The Minneapolis-based company makes an app that turns Apple iPad and iPhone devices into a graphics tablet. TCB conducted a Q&A with its CEO last September.

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