University Business Plan Competitions

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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.

Move Your Ideas From Lab To Market To Maximize Impact

Business validation will be measured by the scientist’s ability to secure private investors or corporate partnerships. It is not necessarily measured by customer response or sales, because the research may not make it to the market for many years.

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

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.

Nine ventures earn prizes at second annual Montana State University $50K Venture Competition

Ventures ranged from a company offering novel computer technology that can survive space radiation to one building sustainable and affordable prefabricated homes. Other companies competing offered digital tools to support firefighters, innovative outdoor equipment, protective gear, medical workwear and more.

Welcome to the Most Fundable Companies Competition Run by Pepperdine University!

You do not need to be affiliated with Pepperdine to participate.

Fourteen ventures selected as finalists for second annual MSU $50K Venture Competition April 7-8

The 14 finalists were selected from among 36 entries submitted by MSU students, faculty, staff and recent alumni. Finalists in a traditional venture track will pitch on Wednesday, April 7. Finalists in a social venture track will pitch on Thursday, April 8.

Montana State’s $50K Venture Competition to be held virtually April 7-8

The competition with two tracks, social venture and traditional venture, is open to all MSU undergraduate and graduate students, MSU faculty and staff, and MSU alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years.

How to Win Any Business Plan Competition, From a 4-Time Winner

Alison Alvarez has gotten really good at understanding what judges want. Here are her top tips.

Two MSU alumni complete fellowship program aimed at increasing their startups’ social impact

“More and more, burgeoning student entrepreneurs are demonstrating that they care more about having a social impact than turning large profits,”