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MSU student ventures take top awards at third annual MSU $50K Venture Competition

The event featured 10 finalists in traditional and social venture categories, all of whom had connections to MSU or the University of Montana as students, faculty, staff or alumni. The event was hosted by the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and the MSU Blackstone LaunchPad.

10 finalists selected for third annual MSU $50K Venture Competition Tonight 4/27 from 4 to 7.

Ten entrepreneurial ventures have been selected as finalists for Montana State University’s third annual $50K Venture Competition, which will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in Inspiration Hall on the MSU campus. The public is invited to attend.

Montana State University lights Montana Hall in honor of student entrepreneurs’ sweep over Griz in competition

“We light Montana Hall on any occasion our student teams beat the Grizzlies, and they certainly did that last week,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “We are very proud of them.”

Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge – April 7, 2022 – Boise, Idaho

College and university students from across Idaho will compete for $50,000 in cash prizes, and accounting and legal services to advance their ventures.

Meet the Winning Teams – High School Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

On January 28, 2022, Venture College partnered with Teach Idaho to host the 5th annual High School Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge (HSIEC). The HSIEC deploys entrepreneurial skills, methods, and tools to high school students throughout the state. This program introduces students to the heart of the Treasure Valley start-up ecosystem and Idaho’s entrepreneurial community.

Applications due Feb. 16 for 406 Labs spring incubator program

All Montana residents and MSU students, faculty, staff and alumni are eligible to apply.

Student entrepreneurs win $10,000 in Montana State University’s annual Big Idea Challenge

Twelve student semifinalists, chosen from 28 applicants, delivered pitches about their ideas during the third annual Big Idea Challenge hosted by the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and the MSU Blackstone LaunchPad.

Crowd-solving startup incentivises young data scientists to tackle real world problems

The competitions create a win-win scenario. The participants learn skills and have the chance to win prizes, while the hosts are presented with a variety of solutions and get to choose and use the one that best fits their needs.

Montana State University student entrepreneurs earn awards, secure business funding at annual startup challenge

The students were competing in the 32nd annual John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge, which was held Friday, Oct. 8, in Missoula. Competing teams pitched their best business ideas to a panel of judges for a share of awards and funding.

University of Montana Taking Montana Technology Corridor to Next Level

Once completed, these facilities will not only provide critically needed expansion space for MonTEC, but also the highly technical infrastructure needed by startups working in pharma and other bioscience industries.