Programs and Clubs for Students
At the Holmes Center, students learn from entrepreneurs. The Center also connects students with internships, business competitions, and student-run organizations.
- Minnesota Cup
This annual statewide competition seeks aspiring entrepreneurs and their breakthrough ideas.
- Biz Pitch Contest
Ninety-second elevator pitch contest to win $1,300 in prizes and advice from experienced entrepreneurs and investors.
- Business Hatchery
Room 2-212 serves as a focal point for student business start-ups, enabling selected students to share ideas and use external research, legal, accounting, and advisory services in the development and launch of businesses.
- Deluxe E-ternship Program
Fellowships give top undergraduate entrepreneurial students part-time job opportunities with entrepreneurial leaders.
- Carlson School Undergraduate Mentorship Program
This program gives students an opportunity to develop their professional skills outside of the classroom through the guidance of business professionals.
- 3M Seminars on Technology Commercialization
3M sponsors this series, organized by the Holmes Center, for graduate and PhD students in science and technology-related colleges. Featuring leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, attorneys, and academics, the series deals with challenges of turning technical and scientific breakthroughs into successful businesses.
- Junior Entrepreneurs of Minnesota
This University of Minnesota summer program introduces high school students to the basics of entrepreneurship and launching a business. Throughout a five-week camp on the University campus, 35 Minneapolis high school students engage in active learning sessions on business fundamentals and personal development topics.
- Abdo Dinner Conversation Series
Caryl and Larry Abdo sought to give back to their University in a unique manner that would directly benefit students pursuing an entrepreneurial career. Through quarterly informal discussions at the dinner table of their historic Nicollet Island Inn, the Abdos and other invited entrepreneurs share their perspectives and advice with Carlson School entrepreneurship students.
Students are encouraged to participate in any business plan/idea competition they may be eligible for including the annual Minnesota Cup. A list of some of the more prominent competitions from across the Nation can be found on the Resources page.
External Startup Accelerator Programs
Students may apply directly to programs unaffiliated with the Carlson School, run by angel/venture investors that provide mentoring, seed capital, and networking opportunities in the initial development of software or other technology-related businesses. See full list of accelerators/incubators on the Resources page.
Start Me Up! Legal Panel & Advisory Session
If you're considering or have recently started a business, the Start Me Up! Legal Panel & Advisory Session is your opportunity to hear practical advice from experienced attorneys on the fundamentals for getting started.