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UM's Blackstone LaunchPad helps local businesses

November 19, 2017View for printing

Several well-known Missoula businesses like The Dram Shop, a popular beer, wine and cider taproom downtown, owe part of their success to the Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana .

Other businesses, like Chilton Skis, are trying to become successful and are using the LaunchPad for resources. LaunchPad is a program that's designed to teach entrepreneurial skills to people with an idea for a new business through individualized coaching and venture creation support. The program provides idea exploration, startup consultation, mentorship, community connections and workshops. Recently, LaunchPad's funding paid for two Missoula entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas at a tech startup incubator and investment entity called Tech Stars in New York City.

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