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The 32nd annual University of Montana’s $50,000 John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge – 0ct. 8 – 5PM –

October 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Student entrepreneurs from across the state will meet in Missoula this fall for the University of Montana’s John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge.event, presented by the UM College of Business and Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars, will take place in person from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8.

The competition, sponsored by Ontra Marketing Group and Missoula Economic Partnership, is open to any student enrolled in higher education across Montana, and provides more than $50,000 in prize money to students who pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges.

Applications to compete in the fall 2021 event are currently being accepted. However, competitors are encouraged to reach out to the UM Blackstone LaunchPad this summer to solidify business ideas and obtain assistance on submitting applications before the Sept. 8 deadline.


October 8
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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