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Startup Weekend wraps up in Missoula with iwillhelpout.com the winner... but everyone who attended won as well.

January 21, 2013View for printing

The winning proposal from the weekend event, a website called iwillhelpout.com, which will help match volunteers with non-profit organizations, already had up to $2,500 in potential commitments after two days.

"I would be a fool not to tap into some of the resources that have developed just in the last 50 hours of being involved in this. I've never known a coder, I've never known a hacker. Now I have business cards and actually face to face contact with people that I will definitely do business with in the future," she explained.

by Bernie Riggs - KPAX News

Full Story: http://www.kpax.com/news/startup-wee ... n-missoula/

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Entrepreneurs groom business pitches, ideas at Missoula workshop

It began Friday, when dozens of hopeful entrepreneurs had 60 seconds to pitch their ideas and launch a dream.

By Sunday at the first ever Startup Montana Weekend http://missoula.startupweekend.org/ , 35 ideas had been winnowed to the top 12 ideas and one "rogue" idea was given permission to move forward in the workshop process.

For the entire weekend, 126 participants holed up in Missoula's Lifelong Learning Center and divided into 13 teams to polish the pitches, do market research, design codes and products and consult with a team of innovative and successful startup business leaders from around the region.

Among the many startup ideas: "Don't Worry," an application that tells the people in your life you've arrived safely at your destination.

Another idea: "Gear Surf," a website for people who want to rent out their gear.

By BETSY COHEN of the Missoulian

Full Story: http://missoulian.com/news/local/ent ... cf887a.html
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