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Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Angel Tax Credit
DEED
Provides a 25-percent credit to investors or investment funds that put money into startup companies focused on high technology, new proprietary technology, or a new proprietary product, process or service in specified fields. The maximum credit is $125,000 per person, per year ($250,000 if filing jointly).
Angel Loan Fund Program
DEED

Provides a new funding option for businesses certified to participate in Minnesota's Angel Tax Credit Program.Loans up to $250,000; 0% interest; deferred 7 yr loan term w/ balloon payment; must be eligible for Angel Tax Credit.
MN Cup
Carlson School of Management—University of Minnesota

Supports emerging entrepreneurs from across the state through events, educational programming and an annual new venture competition to accelerate the development of their new ventures.
     
1 Million Cups Event
JJ Hill Library

Each Wednesday morning, two early-stage startups present their companies to an audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs.
Investment Resources for Entrepreneurs
Gopher Angels

A group of accredited investors who are passionate about creating businesses in Minnesota. GA looks for outstanding entrepreneurs who can turn their vision into a successful business.
Plan It! An Entrepreneur's Guide to Success
Neighborhood Development Center

Whether you're just getting started, have recently started operations or are a current business owner seeking additional training, Plan It! is a great opportunity to build and expand your knowledge.
     
The Norris Fund for Technology Innovation
William C. Norris Instistute—University of St Thomas

Provides equity investments and convertible note loans of up to $75,000, with deferred payback terms and warrants.
The James Roger Fox M.D. Fund for Healthcare Innovation
William C. Norris Instistute—University of St Thomas

Provides seed capital to innovative health care technology companies.
Entrepreneurial Resources for Clean Tech Start-ups
Cleantech Open Midwest

A global accelerator for early-stage clean technology startup companies.
     
Various Entrepreneurial Resources
Minnesota Entrepreneur Network (MNEN)

An informal collaboration of entrepreneur support organizations committed to growing the Minnesota entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Resources for Inventors and Entrepreneurs
Inventors' Network

We are dedicated to providing educational & practical assistance to individuals who are trying to bring an idea to the marketplace.
Various Entrepreneurial Resources
The Network Connect

We connect businesses with investors. Entrepreneurs, CEOs and business people come to The Network Connect for information helpful to growing a business.
     

Economic Gardening Program
Edward Lowe Foundation (in partnership with Hennepin, Anoka, Scott, and Ramsey Counties) 
Provides scholarships to owners of second stage growth businesses for business research combined with peer learning and business forums.

Emerging Leaders (FREE Mini-MBA)
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The Emerging Leaders training focuses on small, poised-for-growth companies with potential for job creation.

Various Resources
The Entrepreneur Fund

Provides entrepreneur development services and financing to emerging and small businesses in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.
     
Southern Minnesota Equity Fund
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Provides financial capital and expertise to early stage and start-up companies. Maximum initial investment of $100,000, eligible for follow‐up investments.
Consulting and Financing Assistance
Initiative Foundation

Various (see financing)
Business Development Program
West Central Initiative Foundation

Various (see financing)
     
Various
Southwest Initiative Foundation: MN CORE Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Whether you're an aspiring start-up or have been in business for years, the Minnesota Center of Rural Entrepreneurship is here for you!
Various Entrepreneurial Resources
Southwest Initiative Foundation

Helps entrepreneurs develop small businesses and self-employment opportunities. The program provides customized support for entrepreneurs through ongoing technical assistance. The maximum loan amount is $50,000.
Business Development Program
Northland Foundation

Various (see financing)
     

Seed Fund
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Supports start-up stage businesses that need capital, business expertise, and networking opportunities. Helps companies perform research and analysis, patent opinions and filings, and product testing and analysis. Investment amounts up to $25,000.

Entrepreneur Development Program
Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Provides technical assistance and financing to individuals who want to start a business or persons wanting to expand an existing business. Maximum loan amounts of $35,000.