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Montana University Students to Compete in Statewide Business Startup Competition at University of Montana 4/13 - All are invited to attend the finals.

April 5, 2017View for printing

Montana has no shortage of aspiring entrepreneurs - including students. The annual John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge, hosted by University of Montana's School of Business Administration and UM's Blackstone LaunchPad, received 29 applications from student teams across the state to compete for more than $50,000 in prize money.

A panel of judges selected 16 teams to compete Thursday, April 13, at UM. The teams will pitch their business ideas to a panel of around 50 judges in hopes of receiving a portion of the prize money, which is generously contributed by businesses, organizations and individuals who are committed to the future of entrepreneurship in Montana.

Judges will select four finalists to compete for the top four prizes at the evening's public event, including the $15,000 first-place cash prize. The public event and reception begins at 4:30 p.m. in the University Center Theater.

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Contact: Paul Gladen, UM Blackstone LaunchPad director and competition organizer, 406-396-3534,

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