MN Cup Entrepreneur Competition: 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. For more information, visit the MN Cup website.
MN Cup is the largest statewide startup competition in the country. Join Minnesota’s entrepreneurial community on. Competition Schedule – For MN Cup Participants Only (Application Round). April 27 – Entry deadline 11:59 p.m.
Eligibility: Entrepreneurs based in MN with less than $1 million in annual revenue are eligible to apply. We welcome back anyone who has previously entered who did not advance or those who made it to the semifinalist round of a prior competition. Finalists and winners submitting brand new ideas that are not associated with a previous entry can also apply.
How to Enter: MN Cup accepts applications each year beginning in late March. The application link will be available on MN Cup’s homepage through the end of April. We encourage you to sign up for our distribution list to be notified of future opportunities. Send us an email at email@example.com.
Select one of our eight divisions
- Energy/ Clean Tech/ Water
- Food/ Ag/ Beverage
- High Tech
- Life Science/ Health IT
- Impact Ventures
- Student (current undergrad and graduate students)
- Youth (18 and younger)
TWIST (Target Women In Science and Technology) EPIC Awards: The TWIST EPIC Awards honor young women in the Twin Cities for their dedication to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These young women demonstrate Engagement, Passion, Innovation, and Curiosity within these fields and TWIST encourages them to continue pursuing this path.
Selection Criteria: Young women within the Twin Cities in 8th-12th grade (2018-2019 school year) who are engaged, passionate, innovative, and curious within the STEM fields are eligible to win recognition and enrichment opportunities.
–Engaged: Active contribution or influence in any STEM community within or out of school
–Passionate: Continually learns and shares knowledge through mentoring, club participation, or other extracurricular activities
–Innovative: Invents, designs, builds, researches, or improves using STEM concepts
–Curious: Eagerly seeks out new opportunities to learn and grow
Twenty-five students will be selected and invited to an award ceremony with up to three guests (parents, guardians, and educators) starting at 9:00 am at Target Headquarters on Friday, October 26th, 2018. To encourage personal growth and build meaningful experiences that will help in future endeavors, each selected student will receive the following:
– Certificate of recognition presented by Target’s Chief Information Officer
– Bag filled with Target swag
– Have the opportunity to participate in Target’s Science & Technology day
– Mentorship from Target team members, job shadowing, and other networking events
How to Apply:
Teachers, extracurricular group leaders, community members, and parents may nominate students that embody the EPIC keywords by filling out the nomination form. Additionally, eligible students may also nominate themselves by filling out the nomination form and attaching a letter of recommendation. Please submit your nomination here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4267680/epicawards2018.
Contact us at TWIST.EPIC@target.com for any questions or further instructions.
Nominations must be received no later than 11:59 pm CT on Monday, September 17th, 2018 and we will respond by the end of September 2018.
- GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge: a competition to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills among U.S. high school students using aviation. Learn more here.
- Google Science Fair: Global, online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams 13-18.
- Verizon Innovative App Challenge
- Stratasys Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge: Our vision for this year’s challenge is “make a difference.” Strive to make a positive impact by redesigning a product for greater accessibility, eco-friendliness or human empowerment.
- Dunwoody College of Technology Women in Technical Careers (WITC)
- Dakota Electric Washington DC Youth Tour
- Washington DC Youth Tour Application
Archived Contests and Awards:
IoTHackDay 2017: Create IoT Products, Make Friends, Make Art, Build Startups! Saturday, October 28th, 2017, 8am – 8pm. Minnetronix – 1635 Energy Park Dr, St Paul, MN 55108, USA.WHAT IS IoTHackDay? View this site for more information and to sign up a team. #IoTHackDay is a fun, FREE day that brings together teams, novel ideas, and an entrepreneurial spirit to dream up and build cool new devices to solve everyday problems. Teams form, submit their ideas ahead of the event, and hack for 12 hours. The public is invited to attend at the end of the day, and vote for their favorite teams. Top teams receive hardware and prizes! WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN IoTHackDay? #IoTHackDay is an, “Open Team Hackathon,” which means that it’s open to everyone! The formation of teams ahead of time is encouraged, but not required.
Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Award. What’s the best way to support the next generation of female tech enthusiasts? IT Center staff provide a resounding response: You recognize their talent and cultivate a community where they can experiment, explore, and thrive. That’s the goal of the sixth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards. While efforts to narrow the gender gap in the tech industry have received renewed attention, women made up only 26 percent of the nationwide computing workforce in 2016, and less than 10 percent were women of color. To apply: Applicants must first create or update an aspirations.org account here. Students can apply online beginning September 1, 2017 and the application period closes on November 6, 2017. The application includes several short essays and multiple-choice sections. You may want to review the application Application Step-by-Step Guide.
2018 Donaldson STEM Award recognizes and rewards high school students of African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Asian heritage for their interests and achievements related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The Science Museum of Minnesota is currently accepting nominations for high school students who identify as African American, Hispanic, American Indian, or Asian. Only Minnesota educators and STEM professionals are eligible to nominate a student. This award is exclusively for high schoolers. Nominations are due by Wednesday, November 8, and should be submitted online here. Donaldson Science Award winners receive $500, a one-year membership to the Science Museum of Minnesota, and recognition at an exclusive brunch during one of the museum’s Science Fusion events.
MN Youth Institute: A program that engages 8-12th grade students in solving local and global hunger issues. Students research and submit a solution to food security issues, and then all students who apply are invited to come to campus to present their solutions to research, business, and legislative leaders. All students who participate are also awarded a $1000 scholarship to the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences within the University of Minnesota, and are then eligible for paid internships from UMN and USDA, and a select few are selected to go to Iowa to the World Food Prize and those students are eligible for paid international internships. Find out how to get involved here. Deadline is April 15
Emperor Science Award program. The Emperor Science Award program is committed to helping all students in grades 10 & 11 that have a passion for science join the next generation of cancer researchers. Through this award program, 100 winning students from across the country will be paired with a university-level mentoring scientist to collaborate on an important cancer research project. Due March 17.
TWIST (Target Women In Science and Technology) EPIC Award. The TWIST EPIC Awards honor young women in the Twin Cities for their dedication to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These young women demonstrate Engagement, Passion, Innovation, and Curiosity within these fields and TWIST encourages them to continue pursuing this path. Nomination form. Deadline is 9/20/17.
Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology: is the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students’ understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines. Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000. You can compete as an individual or as a member of a two or three-person team. Last year’s competition featured 1,700 submissions and 19 national finalists.
Research reports in engineering, math and biological or physical sciences are eligible, though topics in behavioral or social sciences are not. Additional information about project eligibility is available HERE. The competition is open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States enrolled in grades 9-12. Individuals submitting projects must be in grade 12. Teams may consist of up to three students from any eligible grade. Teams must be finalized by August 14. Resources are available for students, families, educators and teams in need of a mentor. Research reports and additional required materials must be submitted by September 19. For more information, or to register for the competition, visit siemenscompetition.discoveryeducation.com