University Business Plan Competitions

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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.

Ruffatto Business Plan Challenge for Montana university students launches new Missoula businesses; apply now for 2019 competition

It’s a competition for all Montana University students with entrepreneurial ideas.

All Montana University Students Encouraged to Submit Ideas for $50,000 Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge

Applications are due Friday, Feb. 8, and can be found on the John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge website.

Budding businesses: MSU freshmen pitch business startups

The idea for a company that could do well by doing good for the planet was the big winner Tuesday when hundreds of Montana State University freshmen competed by pitching new business ideas to a panel of judges.

Finalists Named for 2018 Collegiate Inventors Competition

This year’s Finalists and their inventions provide a glimpse into the future of American innovation and emerging technological trends — from a harp-inspired water harvester to a steerable microcatheter.

MSU alum Joseph Azzarelli wins the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 27th annual Entrepreneurship Competition with low-cost lung cancer screening tool

Azzarelli, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from MSU in 2010, shared the $100,000 grand prize at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 27th annual Entrepreneurship Competition with his teammates, three Harvard University students.

Montana University Students – Join Us For Our Fall Kick-Off Event!!! John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge, 10/9, Missoula

The Business Startup Challenge is Montana’s premiere opportunity for students attending any college or university across Montana to present exciting new businesses and/or social entrepreneurship venture ideas for adjudication… and win big money!!!

UM Students Win $2,500 for Business Plans at Startup Pitch

Graduate student Chad Miller, who is working toward a master’s degree in business administration, won the $1,500 overall prize for his presentation on Purus, an engineering support operations management firm which bridges the technology and marketing gaps between oil and gas service companies and their customers.