OPPORTUNITY: Red Wing Ignite E1 Ignite Cup 2021

Red Wing Ignite is partnering with the E1 Collaborative to host E1 Ignite Cup 2021. Here’s more info from a recent email

E1 Ignite Cup 2021

Pitch Night April 6, 2021

We’re doing it again. Red Wing Ignite, in partnership with the E1 Collaborative is hosting E1 Ignite Cup 2021.

Last year’s Ignite Cup winner won $50,000 in the 2020 MN Cup. Maybe you can be next?!?

What is E1 Ignite Cup?

A Virtual “Shark Tank”. Emerging Startups present their idea/business (in a virtual format) to a panel of judges made up of entrepreneurs, investors, business/regional leaders, and MN Cup representatives.

All applicants receive feedback on their idea/business and application, and exposure to a diverse group of people in the MN Startup community.

E1 Ignite Cup Awards

1st Place

  • Automatic Semi-Finalist in MN Cup
  • 30-minute mentoring session from each judge

2nd Place

  • 30-minute mentoring session from each judge

People’s Choice Award

  • Gifts bundle provided by our E1 Collaborative partners

How the competition works

  • Each Startup completes an online application.
  • An evaluation panel reviews applications and choses 5 Finalists.
  • Finalists prepare a pitch deck and short video.
  • Finalists present to a panel of judges.
  • Judges award 1st and 2nd place based on MN Cup judging criteria.

Who Qualifies

You’re an emerging entrepreneur and you, your business, or your customers have ties to one of the following SE MN counties: Rice, Goodhue, Wabasha, Steele, Dodge, Olmsted, Winona, Freeborn, Mower, Fillmore, Houston.

Important Dates

Application Deadline March 17, 2021

Finalists Notified March 24,2021

Finalist’s pitch deck/video deadline March 31,2021

Pitch Night April 6, 2021



Application Deadline is March 17, 2021

Apply now!

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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