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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.

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All four teams of Montana State University student entrepreneurs who competed at a startup competition held this fall earned awards and funding to support their ventures.

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“I was so impressed with the talent of these finalists and their ideas,” said Trevor Huffmaster, director of the MSU Blackstone LaunchPad. “Even during the current challenging environment, we are able to showcase the immense entrepreneurship potential we have here at Montana State.”

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Seven ventures earn prizes at inaugural Montana State University $50K Venture Competition

“Special thanks to MSU alumni Jake Jabs and Don Fisher for their very generous support and commitment to helping us engage our entrepreneurial community at MSU.”

Fourteen ventures selected as finalists for MSU $50K Venture Competition

Finalists will also gain access to experienced entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and numerous business network resources. In addition to competing for monetary prizes, finalists will receive feedback from judges and may capture the attention of investors.