The JJCBE Center for Entrepreneurship started its entrepreneur in-residence (EIR) program as an additional resource for students in the Alderson Program in Entrepreneurship in the spring of 2011 with its first EIR, Gary Gannon. These seasoned entrepreneurs are brought in to act as mentors the Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship (JJCBE) students.

This program provides one-of-a-kind mentoring and face-to-face interactions with successful entrepreneurs spanning diverse fields of expertise. During the week, entrepreneurs visit a number of classes to chat with students, answer questions and give constructive criticism on projects and presentations. They also hold office hours.

Latest Entrepreneur-in-Residence:

FALL 2015

"Creativity, Culture, and Community: Building a Lifestyle Brand at fourOsix"

DATE: Tuesday, November 17

Public Presentation: 6:30
Location: Jabs Hall 111

MSU Calendar: http://calendar.msu.montana.edu/events/17679

WORKSHOP: Branding for Meaning and Impact, November 18 @ 5:30 pm in Jabs 207

About the EIR:

Alex Rincon, Jr., more commonly known as “Papu” has a passion for innovative ideas, design, marketing, business development and establishing strong networks with individuals & communities. He is an entrepreneur with a focus on community and a strong sense of social responsibility.

Today, he is the founder & owner of a successful Montana lifestyle brand “fourOsix” which promotes art, music, style, forward thinking and Montana living.  He chose to open his business in Helena, Montana, because he saw a need to help grow the arts, music & recreation in his community, specifically for the youth in his community.  He is now looking to extend the fourOsix brand & message outside of Helena to other Montana communities, as well as regionally & select international partners.

The United States White House honored Papu as a “Champion of Change”. The U.S. Small Business Administration honored Papu as Montana’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Downtown Helena Inc. honored Papu as Helena, Montana’s Business Person of the Year.

Currently, Papu serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Carroll College.

He graduated from Carroll College in 2003 with a triple major, including a B.A. in Business Administration with a special interest in Marketing, Management and International Business; a B.A. in Spanish Language & Literature; and a Multi-Disciplinary major in Visual Arts with an interest in Graphic Design. 

Papu strives to live life with purpose, and right now his purpose is to love life & promote a healthy, active lifestyle through his brand fourOsix. Living in Montana, he has learned how important quality of life is, and takes every opportunity available to play in the mountains, lakes & rivers. Papu has been snowboarding for over two decades, and does a lot of his thinking from a chairlift or while hiking in the snowy mountains of Montana’s backcountry. In the summer, he mountain bikes, rides his motorcycle, camps, hammocks & fly-fishes for trout on the majestic rivers near his home in Helena, Montana.

For more information about the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, please contact Scott Bryant, bryant@montana.edu.