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:


"Bringing Insects to Market: How Chapul Created an Entirely New Food Category"

Tuesday, February 24

Public Presentation: 6:15 pm
Location: Reid 108

MSU Calendar: http://calendar.msu.montana.edu/events/15075

Crowley will cover his quest from “water geek” to entrepreneur, including how he raised start-up funds on Kickstarter.com and through “Shark Tank.” He will also address his passion about creating a sustainable water solution for future generations through his innovative products.

Chapul started with only an $8,000 investment and raised $16,000 on Kickstarter (after setting a goal of $10,000). Last year, Pat pitched Chapul on Shark Tank and garnered a $50,000 investment from Mark Cuban for a share of the company.

About the EIR:

Pat's career path has taken him from surf guide, to whitewater rafting guide, to hydrologist, to now insect-eating entrepreneur, all driven for his passion to ensure a more sustainable water future.

After a year of hitchhiking through Mexico and Central America, he returned to the US and received a M.S. in Watershed Hydrology, intending to use his education towards solving global water dilemmas he witnessed in his travels. His concern for our water future here at home increased as he observed the disproportionate rate of water consumption vs. availability. His early career path focused on agricultural water conservation, the largest global consumer of freshwater resources. After having worked for public water-planning agencies, Pat decided to address the issue from the consumer level, when he co-founded Chapul in 2012. His mission now is to introduce insects into Western cuisine as a more water-resource efficient form of food. The intent is to create a consumer demand that will drive changes at the agricultural level towards a more sustainable food system.

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