Southeast Minnesota’s entrepreneur community is getting a big boost this spring with Ignite Cup, a new annual startup competition that “is open to all entrepreneurs, investors and community members who are focused on launching a startup and want to pitch their idea to an experienced panel,” according to a release from Ignite Cup. Read More

Sharon Fischman, founder of Empty the Nest, used discarded books to build this counter at the Golden Valley store.

Empty the Nest, a Minnesota business that started in a garage, is making a big move to keep up with the growing demand for its services. Read More
We interviewed three young entrepreneurs making a splash in the social media marketing business. They gave us the scoop on what’s new in the industry, as well as what keeps them up at night. Read More

Eric Sannerud of Mighty Axe Hops

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The MN Cup competition announced today that 70 teams have advanced to the second round of the competition. These teams were chosen out of an original 1300 submissions, of which a third were women-owned businesses and 10% of teams included a veteran. Read More
Minneapolis is the fourth-best city for women entrepreneurs in the nation, according to a study conducted by NerdWallet, a number-crunching finance group based in California. Read More