Dee DePass has been a Star Tribune business reporter since 1993, covering small business, financial institutions, manufacturing and, most recently, the economy. Originally from New York, Dee came to Minnesota after earning her master's in journalism at the University of Maryland and her undergraduate degree at Vassar College.

Deadline for state's new business contest draws near

Posted by: Dee DePass Updated: May 2, 2012 - 11:38 AM

The state of Minnesota is calling on all want-to-be entrepreneurs to submit their most innovative business idea to the Minnesota Cup contest by May 18.

Division winners can receive up to $25,000 in start up capital, while one grand prize winner will be awarded an additional $40,000.

The Minnesota Cup is one of the country's largest competitions for new businesses. The contest, designed to foster new businesses and jobs, is sponsored by United Health, General Mills, Wells Fargo, the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Department of Employment an Economic Development.

Applications and information are at www.MinnesotaCup.org. To arrange interviews with contest organizers, past participants and winners, contact jessica@habermaninc.com.  

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