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October 2, 2018

Early Stage MT Showcase inspires 200 who witness an unexpected tie for $50k prize.:

September 18, 2018

Google holds competition to help its algorithm tell bikes from birds:

September 7, 2018

Business Mentors Needed for Missoula Biomimicry Bootcamp 9/13 and 9/14:

September 3, 2018

Early Stage Montana Showcase to feature emerging MT Tech Companies plus 15 leading VCs, Accelerators, and tech ecosystem speakers from MT, CO, WA, UT, AZ, and more on Sept. 22 in Bozeman.:

July 13, 2018

Calling all entrepreneurs, innovators, and movers and shakers! The Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge:

June 1, 2018

University of Montana AIBL Students Win Business Plan Competition at National Conference:

May 25, 2018

Welcome To The Finals Of $50,000 Early Stage Montana Business Pitch Showcase - 9/22 - Bozeman:

May 25, 2018

Technology companies from southwest Montana compete in showcase at MSU - 6 statewide finalists now chosen. :

May 13, 2018

Finalists Announced for Early Stage Montana Business Showcase Event 5/22:

May 12, 2018

Early Stage Montana Business Pitch Competition - 5/17 - Missoula:

May 9, 2018

8 Steps To Making The Most Of Startup Pitch Competitions:

May 2, 2018

Can You Pick the Winner of the Penn Wharton Startup Challenge?:

April 29, 2018

Billings entrepreneur contest scales back to focus more on current stable of winners:

April 27, 2018

This 27-Year-Old Scientist Has A Fix For Our Pesticide Problem:

April 26, 2018

MSU student entrepreneurs secure business funding and awards at startup challenge in Missoula:

April 23, 2018

Judging Panels Announced for Early Stage Montana Business Showcase Events:

April 16, 2018

John Ruffatto Montana University Student Business Plan Competition - Education to eats: Student startup challenge draws next-gen businesses to competition:

April 15, 2018

The Ruffatto Business Plan Competition - Montana University students pitch unique business ideas for cash prizes:

April 11, 2018

Minnow Tank Business Plan Competition - 9/22 - Glasgow, Montana:

April 11, 2018

Regional Showcase For New Statewide Technology Business Competition Set For May 22 At Montana State University:

April 10, 2018

All are invited - John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge Live Pitch Event! - 4/13 - Missoula:

April 6, 2018

Students vie for $50,000 in seed money for business ventures:

March 31, 2018

Potential investors will judge ideas from Billings-area tech companies on May 3 and the public is invited- Early Stage MT:

March 29, 2018

Montana Launches State-Wide Business Plan Competition With Up To $50,000 In Capital Investments - - Have you started your application yet? Do you know someone who should enter?:

March 23, 2018

Calling All Creators - "Create Your Life's Work." Innovation Competition - 5/10 - San Francisco:

March 13, 2018

$10 million XPrize contest looks to usher in the era of real-life robotic avatars:

March 8, 2018

Meet the Coolest College Startups of 2018:

February 12, 2018

Debut event: Micro-fund pitch competition tests, rewards Missoula startups:

February 10, 2018

Polar Bear Pitching: where startups pitch in freezing conditions for funding:

January 30, 2018

Count 'em down: Top 10 reasons to enter statewide B iz Plan Contest by Jan. 31:

December 14, 2017

450 budding MSU entrepreneurs present business ideas in Venture Pitch competition:

December 12, 2017

MINNOW TANK Business Plan Competition, 01/30, Harlowton:

December 12, 2017

Geography Graduate Student Awarded $1,500 in University of Montana Startup Pitch Competition:

December 7, 2017

Missoula entrepreneurs practice their pitch at 1 Million Cups Missoula ahead of EPIC competition tonight:

November 30, 2017

EPIC Pitch Competition By Blackstone LaunchPad At University Of Montana - 12/7:

November 27, 2017

Budding Billings, Montana businesses win Battle of the Plans co-title:

October 5, 2017

MSU alumna advances to national entrepreneur competition finals for flexible preschool startup:

September 16, 2017

Jessica Dehn, a Montana State University alumna wins local SBA InnovateHER competition for Flexible Preschool Startup Dino Drop-In:

July 15, 2017

Bozeman's Jessica Dehn Wins MSU Blackstone LaunchPad's InnovateHER Competition for Dino Drop-In - Flexible Preschool Startup for Rural Communities :

May 31, 2017

InnovateHER local competition due June 3rd:

April 14, 2017

Montana's Entrepreneurial Future Competes for $50K at the 28th John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge:

April 11, 2017

Tonight - 4/11 - Montana State University students pitch business ideas for cash prizes:

April 5, 2017

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

March 16, 2017

University of Montana Student Wins Statewide Business Plan Competition:

March 16, 2017

John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge - 4/13 - Missoula, Montana:

January 13, 2017

Wisconsin student entries welcome by Jan. 31 for 2017 Governor's Business Plan Contest :

December 14, 2016

Students Awarded $3,000 at University of Montana Startup Pitch Competition:

December 14, 2016

Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship at MSU holds venture pitch competition:

December 5, 2016

UM Student Entrepreneurs Warm Up at EPIC Pitch Competition 12/7 in Missoula:

November 30, 2016

Montana State University Venture Pitch Competition, 12/14, Bozeman, Montana:

November 16, 2016

EPIC Pitch Competition, 12/7, Missoula, Montana:

November 10, 2016

8 Lessons I Learned Starting A Business In College - The Montana John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge:

October 25, 2016

XPrize addresses water security and women's safety with new million-dollar competitions:

October 12, 2016

Have you heard? One Montana is hosting an Online Pitch Contest for Montana high school aged students (Shark Tank business-type pitch contest, not baseball):

September 2, 2016

Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association's Pitchfest, 9/22, Bozeman, Montana:

May 10, 2016

University of Montana Student Wins Business Startup Challenge, Winners Announced:

May 7, 2016

Montana University startup challenge goes big at 27th annual event :

April 16, 2016

Entrepreneurial spirit lands Montana State University Billings students in first place in national American Indian Business Plan competition:

March 28, 2016

Congratulations to the Montana Shark Tank Live Pitch Business Plan Winners:

March 26, 2016

Bozeman entrepreneur Andrea Michael places at "Shark Tank" startup competition:

March 24, 2016

John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge Public Event 2016, 5/5, Missoula, Montana:

February 7, 2016

Colorado Launches Statewide Open Innovation Challenge:

February 3, 2016

1st Annual Montana State University Business Pitch Competition:

January 26, 2016

Idaho Entrepreneurial Challenge is open for registration:

January 26, 2016

Lewistown, Montana Downtown District ROC 59457 Business Plan Competition!:

January 15, 2016

3 Idaho companies advance to national finals of contest for startups :

January 11, 2016

App to detect dangerous sunlight radiation wins University of Montana startup pitch competition:

December 22, 2015

University of Montana Student Entrepreneurs Impress at the Fall Startup Pitch Competition:

November 2, 2015

InnovateHER 2016: Innovating for Women Business Challenge:

May 19, 2015

Meet four start-ups that want to change the world:

May 16, 2015

Winners announced for Montana University business plan competition held at the University of Montana:

May 15, 2015

Hopeful entrepreneurs pitch ideas at state-wide Montana University business plan competition held at the University of Montana:

May 8, 2015

SBA Announces Top Winners of Business Competition for Innovations That Empower Women's Lives:

May 5, 2015

UC students' big ideas wow judges with big money on line:

May 2, 2015

Come and vote for Montana's next great startup! John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge - May 14, 2015:

May 1, 2015

Schedulicity VP Tim Leonhardt to keynote Startup Weekend Great Falls on May 15:

May 1, 2015

Montana-made 'Shark Tank' highlights Helena biz conference:

April 11, 2015

Google's gentle 'Shark Tank' tests start-up talent:

March 29, 2015

SimpleCitizen Wins $40K at Utah Entrepreneur Challenge:

March 23, 2015

John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge, 5/14, University Of Montana - Missoula:

March 19, 2015

Shark Tank Live Pitch Competition - Win $5,000, 4/29-30, Helena, Montana:

March 19, 2015

U of I students win $40,000 entrepreneur contest at BSU:

February 17, 2015

Dream it. Code it. Win it. Student Contest Accepting Applications :

February 17, 2015

Missoula team's wood waste project wins $25,000 award in the second Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge.:

January 20, 2015

2015 Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest accepting entries online:

January 5, 2015

The Mentor Capital Network is hosting its 12th annual Sustainable Business Plan Competition. The deadline to apply is January 15th, 5PM USA Eastern time.:

October 4, 2014

8 year old Lash Laker from Coeur d'Alene, ID develops invention that wins national competition:

August 26, 2014

Massachusetts Competition Challenges Startups to Innovate:

January 7, 2014

It all starts with an idea: Governor's Business Plan Contest offers a way to build a new business':

January 7, 2014

B-Launched business competitions begin in Boise, Idaho:

August 20, 2013

Venture Capital in the Rockies (VCIR) Fall 2013 Call for Presenting Companies:

June 25, 2013

Portland Seed Fund readies second act:

May 22, 2013

University of Montana Business School Announces John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition Winners:

May 22, 2013

Idaho TechLaunch Business Plan Competitions, 6/13-14, Boise, Idaho:

May 20, 2013

MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition's Grand Prize Awarded to 3-D Gesture-Recognition Technology:

May 12, 2013

University of Montana to Host Annual Business Plan Competition on May 16:

April 29, 2013

Montana University System John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition:

April 26, 2013

University of Portland students will compete for $100,000 in annual business plan competition:

April 16, 2013

Business Plan Contest finalists symbolize growth targets for state investment plan:

April 6, 2013

Startup Challenge, offering $10,000 grant and free rent, attracts 235 applicants:

April 4, 2013

Flurry of applications arrive ahead of Thursday deadline for The Portland Development Commission's $10,000 entrepreneurship contest:

April 3, 2013

The John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition, 5/16, University Of Montana:

March 12, 2013

Business Plan Contest 'boot camp' puts 70 young companies through startup paces:

January 22, 2013

Venture Capital In The Rockies - Winter Showcase, 3/5-7, Beaver Creek, Colorado:

December 11, 2012

Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest open for 2013 entries through Jan. 31, 2013:

November 21, 2012

Two Ann Arbor companies take home prizes at Accelerate Michigan competition:

October 29, 2012

$100,000 competition hopes to draw tech businesses:

October 2, 2012

2012 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium:

October 2, 2012

Wisconsin attracting investors from abroad - and growing more close to home:

October 2, 2012

Oregon university students pitch ways to make money so they can help an Oregon community:

September 30, 2012

Montana companies seek investors, connections at Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association conference at Big Sky, Montana:

September 26, 2012

Boise Angel Alliance joins b|launched start-up competition :

September 20, 2012

Montana companies - Schedulicity, Inc., Submittable, TerraEchos, Inc. and Zinc Air, Inc. among those presenting at the Venture Capital in the Rockies Conference 9/26-28, Big Sky, Montana:

June 11, 2012

RoWheels of Madison wins 2012 Governor's Business Plan Contest:

June 1, 2012

Safety Light Startup Illumagear Wins Seattle Angel Conference :

May 31, 2012

Top 25 in Business Plan Contest offer ideas that reflect Wisconsin roots:

May 30, 2012

Rooftop Farming Startup UrbanHarvest Wins UW Student Competition :

May 23, 2012

Entrepreneur "student fair on steroids" brings heavy hitter VCs to Stanford:

May 18, 2012

Portland State University students' invention tops the field at national engineering competition:

May 15, 2012

University of Montana Business School Announces Business Plan Competition Winners:

May 14, 2012

Seattle Angel Conference Names Six Finalists:

April 30, 2012

UM Hosts John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition May 10:

April 24, 2012

Startup Weekend and the $100K Business Plan Competition:

April 24, 2012

University of Utah Students Win $100,000 with Quantum Dot Technology:

April 20, 2012

Three-student team from the University of Idaho and Washington State University win $25,000 from Rice University business startup competition - Solanux plans to transform the way people eat potatoes. :

April 19, 2012

Chez Gourmet from Marie wins Angel Oregon; Tellagence takes second:

April 15, 2012

Angel Oregon draws heavily on consumer brands for this year's contest:

April 13, 2012

Utah student entrepreneurs win $40K for their inventions:

April 13, 2012

John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition at the University of Montana - May 10:

April 4, 2012

Prestigious business plan competition nears in Boise, Idaho - Entrepreneurial Idol Competition at TechLaunch 9.0:

March 28, 2012

Boston University Announces the 4 Teams Competing For $50K In This Year's New Venture Competition:

March 26, 2012

Grow Utah Ventures Announces Details for Six 'Concept to Company' Entrepreneur Contests and Events:

March 21, 2012

Biddeford, Maine group offers $20K in incentives, including free rent, for competitive entrepreneurs:

March 15, 2012

Utah Group Dangles $1M In Prizes To Entrepreneurs - Grow America Springboard regional business competitions:

March 8, 2012

Women Entrepreneur Contest 2012:

March 1, 2012

Idaho TechLaunch 9.0 Business Plan Competition (5/15-16) Applications Due Soon:

February 23, 2012

Venture Capital in the Rockies Winter Conference (2/28-3/1) Reveals Selected Early-Growth Companies:

February 7, 2012

Nearly 250 entries for Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest:

December 20, 2011

Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest open for 2012 entries:

November 21, 2011

North America's Largest Business Plan Competition Awards Over $1 Million:

November 18, 2011

Startup wins $500,000 at statewide business competition:

April 28, 2011

YouPitch: 60-Second Startup Pitches From Students Around World :

January 26, 2011

Venture Capital in the Rockies Winter Conference Reveals Selected Early-Growth Companies:

January 26, 2011

Business competitions: Everyone's a winner!:

January 14, 2011

5 tips for being the best at business competitions:

December 30, 2010

How These Brilliant Businesses Won Startup Competitions In 2010:

December 10, 2010

Ann Arbor Hosts "World's Largest" Biz Plan Contest This Week, $1M-Plus for Winners:

November 23, 2010

Governor's Biz Plan Contest now open for 2011 entries:

November 17, 2010

18 finalists compete in the Cleantech Open business competition:

November 5, 2010

Columbia Power Technologies wins at Venture Northwest:

October 14, 2010

Venture Northwest chooses 2010 presenters:

September 23, 2010

Six Finalists Vie For $100K From the Zino Society:

September 2, 2010

where are they now? Past John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition Winners:

August 26, 2010

Call for Entrepreneurs to Apply to Present at the Bend Venture Conference :

August 25, 2010

Michigan to launch Business Plan Competition - The biggest business plan contest in the country awarding the largest single grant of any such contest :

August 17, 2010

New Hub for Business Plan Competitions to Create Access, Transparency for Entrepreneurial Community Worldwide - iStart:

July 6, 2010

How Business-Plan Competitions Reward Innovation:

June 11, 2010

Business Plan Competitions Might Be Worth Effort For Different Reasons Than Cash:

June 9, 2010

Call for Presenting Companies for Venture Capital in the Rockies Fall 2010:

June 9, 2010

Venture Northwest will be "edgier" this fall - Nov. 4 in Portland, Oregon:

June 3, 2010

Top twelve finalist to compete at Governor's State-Wide Entrepreneurs Conference:

May 25, 2010

Entrants turn to clean-tech for Wisconsin business contest:

May 23, 2010

The second Idaho Startup Weekend aims to help entrepreneurs come up with a winning business plan:

May 21, 2010

Deadline looms for clean technology competition:

May 14, 2010

Oregon Entrepreneurs Compete for $165,000:

April 22, 2010

Boise State University student business team earns international award at New Venture Championship:

April 19, 2010

2010 Clean Tech Open:

April 14, 2010

NWEN “First Look” Forum Tells Story of Software Vs. Medical Startups: Online Travel Is the Winner:

April 13, 2010

Twenty-one finalists in Governor's Business Plan contest:

March 12, 2010

PIixelture Wins $35,000 Grand Prize in Grow Utah Ventures' Digital Media "Concept to Company" Contest:

January 6, 2010

Investors Choice Venture Capital Conference in Utah Draws Ire:

December 3, 2009

Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest open for 2010 entries through Jan. 31, 2010:

June 24, 2009

Idaho teams compete in Pacific NW Clean Tech Open:

June 11, 2009

Eso-Technologies, a Waukesha County, Wisconsin startup wins Governor's Business Plan contest:

June 9, 2009

Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Cisco to hold Global Business Plan Competition via Cisco TelePresence™ Companies Partner to Encourage Entrepreneurship; Winner to Receive $250,000 Investment:

June 9, 2009

Business plan contest kicks off Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference:

May 14, 2009

Clean Tech Open - Rocky Mountain - Entry deadline is May 30, 2009.:

May 8, 2009

Qualcomm's business-plan contest a capital idea:

April 2, 2009

$50,000 contest on for new clean technology businesses in the Northwest - Clean Tech Open:

January 22, 2009

Montana American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) Business Plan Competition, 4/20-21, Missoula, Montana:

July 31, 2008

Grow Utah Ventures Launches Concept to Company Contest:

July 17, 2008

Starting up: Sun Valley Intermountain Venture forum will showcase Idaho's promising tech start-ups:

June 10, 2008

Nanotech firm Graphene Solutions wins 2008 Governor's Business Plan Contest:

June 4, 2008

Venture Capital In The Rockies, 9/9-11, Sun Valley, Idaho:

June 2, 2008

Start It Up — Fresno's $250K Entrepreneur Challenge:

May 31, 2008

Startups to strut stuff before Silicon Valley entrepreneurs group:

May 23, 2008

Venture Capital: The thrill of speed dating for startups:

May 22, 2008

State Business Plan Competitions - Entrepreneurs are competing for the gold—and getting much more in the process:

May 2, 2008

Zinch Wins MBV Law "Most Valued Company" Award at Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo:

May 2, 2008

Seattle-area venture capital conference highlights online successes:

April 15, 2008

Technology well represented in Governor's business plan finalists that came from the original 250 entries.:

January 30, 2008

LiquidPlanner's make-or-break pitch; 6 minutes to sell concept:

January 29, 2008

High Tech Companies Pitch for Funding at Upcoming 24th Annual Investors Choice Venture Capital Conference:

January 18, 2008

University of Utah Students To Receive $10,000 in Opportunity Quest Business Innovation Competition:

January 13, 2008

24th Annual Investors Choice® Venture Capital Conference -February 7, 2008, Midway, UT Presenting Companies Selected!:

December 13, 2007

The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business to Host Venture Capital Contest with students as the VC's:

December 6, 2007

Governor's Business Plan Contest open for 2008 entries:

October 2, 2007

Finalists Announced for 2007 Bend, Oregon Venture Conference:

September 19, 2007

Mint Wins TechCrunch40 Top Company Award; Takes $50,000 Prize:

August 29, 2007

Bend Venture Conference 2007 Invites Seed and Early Stage Companies to Pitch Regional Investors:

August 27, 2007

Big Sky Venture Conference an Outstanding Success!:

July 13, 2007

Startup companies compete for prizes at Idaho TechConnect's TechLaunch 4.0 competition:

June 29, 2007

The Banff Venture Forum, 10/4-5, Banff Alberta:

June 20, 2007

Call for Presenting Companies, Venture Capitalists, and Angels for the Big Sky Venture Capital Conference, 8/23-24, Big Sky, Montana:

June 14, 2007

Surgical products company wins Governor's Business Plan Contest:

June 13, 2007

2007 Bend Venture Conference Featuring Guy Kawasaki, 10/19, Bend, Oregon:

May 14, 2007

Entrepreneurs could learn from students:

April 25, 2007

The Big Sky Venture Capital Conference, 8/23-24, Big Sky, Montana:

April 20, 2007

Venture Capital: Young high school chocolatier wows crowd at The seventh annual Early Stage Investment Forum in Seattle.:

March 26, 2007

Contests help entrepreneurs focus. Submitting business plan for review can bring useful feedback:

November 16, 2006

Tech Museum Awards won by 2 in Bay Area. 5 innovative ventures to get mentor's help:

October 23, 2006

35 Regional Entrepreneurs Present at the Midwest Venture Summit: Series A+, Seed/Angel and Business School Plans:

October 4, 2006

Presenting Companies Selected for 2006 Bend Venture Conference:

September 22, 2006

Economic development consortium launching $100,000 business plan competition:

September 19, 2006

Kent, WA company gets $100,000 investment at the first Zino Zillionaire Investment Forum.:

August 6, 2006

Full List of Presenting Companies for Big Sky Venture Capital Conference (8/24-25) Selected:

July 13, 2006

Students Develop Sensor Network To Monitor Forest. The network, which won first prize in a Microsoft competition, can sense humidity, sound, temperature, carbon monoxide levels, and tree poachers.:

June 11, 2006

Winners of past business plan contests secure funding, credibility:

May 22, 2006

REACHMDConsult Inc. Named Inaugural Georgia Technology Entrepreneurship Competition Winner Inaugural contest rewards $100,000 cash and a Suite of Professional Services:

May 11, 2006

Business plan contest finalists reflect Wisconsin's economic character:

April 13, 2006

Georgia Entrepreneur Contest to Kick-Start a New Technology Company:

March 9, 2006

55 advance in Wisconsin Governor's business plan contest:

February 13, 2006

Technology Association Of Georgia, Georgia Research Alliance Announce Innovative Business Launch Competition:

December 23, 2005

Startups on Fire. The five winners of the Fortune Small Business student startup competition:

December 8, 2005

Wisconsin's Governor's third business-plan contest kicks off - entrepreneurs – quite likely hundreds of them – will vie for recognition and a $100,000 pot.:

October 7, 2005

2006 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition will provide $50,000 to three entrepreneurs who develop exciting business plans. :

April 21, 2005

30 Companies From 13 States Present at 2005 InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum:

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