Scott Litman

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Scott Litman (November 18, 1966 – ) is a Minnesota entrepreneur, co-founder of The Minnesota Cup and previous CEO and co-founder of Imaginet. Today, he serves as the co-founder and managing partner of Minneapolis-based Magnet 360.


In 1998, Litman was named a 40 under 40 by CityBusiness for the success of Imaginet.[1] On the 135th Anniversary of the founding of the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, Litman was published in the book 135 Voices representing the class of 1990.[2]

In 2005, Litman and long-time business partner Dan Mallin co-founded The Minnesota Cup.[3] The competition was started to promote ground-breaking business ideas and is opened to all Minnesotans. Winning participants are awarded a share of over $300,000 in cash prizes, opportunities to meet local investors and get exposure in the media.The intention of the Minnesota Cup is to promote the discovery and commercialization of innovative, entrepreneurial ideas in the state of Minnesota. Since its founding, it has become the largest statewide business plan competition in the United States. Over 10,000 Minnesotans have participated, with top finishers having raised nearly $170 million in new capital.[4]

In 2010, Litman was named by Twin Cities Business as one of the "200 Minnesotans You Should Know"[5] for the sale of his co-founded company with partner Dan Mallin, Imaginet to a "giant ad industry holding company" and co-founding Magnet 360 in 2008. Litman was recognized as Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 along with his longtime business partner Dan Mallin.[6] In 2015, Litman was recognized as one of the "100 Minnesotans You Should Know." [7]

In September 2015, Litman was a recipient of the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Achievement Award.[8] This award is given to University of Minnesota graduates who have attained exceptional distinction in their professional career or in public service, as well as demonstrated significant leadership on a community, state, national or international level.


  1. ^ Forty under 40: Scott Litman retrieved 11 June 2010
  2. ^ 135 Voices, Celebrating the Legacy of the College of Liberal Arts, Regents of the University on Minnesota, 2005.
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  7. ^ Platt, Adam. "The TCB 100". Twin Cities Business Magazine. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients". Retrieved 2015-10-26.