University Business Plan Competitions

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Montana State University $50K Venture Competition – 4/16 – Bozeman

This competition is open to all MSU students (undergraduate and graduate), MSU faculty and staff, and recent MSU alumni (10 years or less).

POSTPONED — $50,000 John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge for All Montana University Students – 3/27 – Missoula

Occurring every spring, the Business Startup Challenge is open to all students attending a college or university in Montana.

Wind River Indian Reservation Startup Challenge launched by University of Wyoming

Two new ventures will be eligible to receive startup funding from a $25,000 seed fund.

EPIC Dates You Should Know! – Accelerate Montana & Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars

Hear from local entrepreneurs about their experience launching their businesses.

Student entrepreneurs win $6,000 in prize money at Montana State University pitch competition

“The event highlighted the talent and great entrepreneurship potential we have here at MSU.”

Montana State University student entrepreneurs sweep top places, secure funding at state-wide Montana University John Ruffatto Startup Challenge

“We are extremely impressed by and very proud of our MSU student teams,” said Trevor Huffmaster, director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU.

University Innovation – Minimal viable products for new technology ventures

Technology Venture Immersion program plunged MS/MBA students into fast-paced problem solving

Montana Student Entrepreneurs Impress at John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition – It’s about ants….

First place went to the Ant Network, pitched by director and self-proclaimed “Antman” Miles Maxcer. Taking inspiration from Steve Irwin, Maxcer and his team launched the network aiming to promote science and technology through content centered around nature, specifically ants.

Berries to eat and milkweed to heat: Students pitch innovative ideas at Montana University John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition

Teams also complete for $50,000 in awards while also having the opportunity to network with venture capitalists, investment bankers, economic developers, corporate executives, early-stage investors and successful entrepreneurs. Past winners have gone on to start successful businesses in Missoula.

Montana University Ruffatto Statewide Business Challenge Competition Selects Competitors

Finalists represent both UM and Montana State University, with majors that include business, political science, psychology, management information systems, forestry, finance, computer science, health and human development, and environmental studies.