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Spring 2024 Montana State University “CATalyst” Quantum Gap Fund Opportunity Announcement

The MSU Technology Transfer Office announces the availability of quantum technology commercialization “gap funds,” to support the pre-commercialization activities around MSU-owned inventions exhibiting strong market potential. 

Applications open for Montana State’s $100K Venture Competition to be held on April 24

The annual event is open to all undergraduate and graduate students from Montana University System-affiliated campuses, as well as MUS faculty and staff and alumni who graduated within the past 10 years from an MUS campus.

BUSINESS BRIEF: Another Milestone for the Headwaters Tech Hub

The Headwaters Tech Hub is a unique coalition that is centered around business, academia and government—all working together to put together an application that demonstrates how well – we as Montanan’s work together toward a common goal.  If awarded this grant, Montana and the larger region, will become a gravitational center for global businesses looking to apply the technologies of sensors and photonics to their specific needs and opportunities. 

MSU’s Montana Innovation Partnership adds new consultants for regional Montana technology companies

The three consulting firms will work with MTIP to support Montana companies applying for Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, and Small Business Technology Transfer, or STTR, funding by providing coaching, reviews and other assistance.

Montana State University offers 10-week incubator program partnered with startup experts to help entrepreneurs develop business ideas

Montana residents and MSU students, faculty, staff and alumni are eligible to apply for the program.

Montana Higher Education Tries to Keep up With Changing Workforce Needs

Dozens of college presidents, national policy experts, and workforce leaders recently met with Montana employers to start finding solutions to the state’s workforce gaps. “Since Yellowstone, everyone wants to be a cowboy,” she says.

How to Build Tech Hubs in the American Heartland

Regions in the US interior are well-positioned to revive their manufacturing industries with new technology.

Why Business Needs “Ignition Schools”

Ignition Schools stoke innovation and mint founders.

Montana State students win $10,000 in entrepreneurial contest

“Tonight featured new, innovative ideas that made sense,” Jabs told the crowd. “I like that you’re addressing current issues.” 

The US Department of Energy & Stellantis Announce The Battery Workforce Challenge

BattChallenge is a three-year competition joining universities with vocational partners, such as community colleges, trades and apprenticeship programs, to design, build, test and integrate an advanced EV battery into a future Stellantis vehicle.