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Winning Ventures:

Traditional Venture Track: 

1st Place: OptimaLabs -- $15,000

2nd Place: NanoMagnetic Solutions -- $6,000

3rd Place: Agile Focus Designs -- $4,000


Social Venture Track:

1st Place: Freats -- $14,000

2nd Place: The Ant Network -- $6,000

3rd Place: Turtle Island Tales -- $4,000

Judges Choice Award: PATH -- $1,600

*official winners announcement: http://www.montana.edu/news/20038/

Click here for more information about this year's winners.


Our 14 finalists: Agile Focus Designs, The Ant Network, Authors A.I., CuraVoice, Dugal Health, Freats LLC, Make Kin Milkweed Apparel, Nanomagnetic Solutions, Optima Labs Inc., PATH, SkyCivic, Sky Oro, Success Prints, and Turtle Island Tales. Click here for the full announcement.

Virtual Event Details

The MSU $50K Venture Competition is has been changed to a two-day virtual competition taking place Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28. Traditional ventures will pitch on Wednesday from 4:00-6:00 pm and Social ventures will pitch on Thursday, also from 4:00-6:00 pm. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 30. These events are open to the public for viewing.


This competition was open to all MSU-Bozeman students (undergraduate and graduate), MSU-Bozeman faculty and staff, and recent MSU-Bozeman alumni (10 years or less). Venture must not have received any institutional funding (Venture Capital or Angel) at this time, but grants such as SBIR/STTR or MSU funding is allowed.

*If you do not qualify to compete in this event, we have other services available and would love to connect with you. Please contact us at info@msulaunchpad.org or click here to schedule a meeting with the LaunchPad.


Finalists were notified the week of March 22, 2020. Winners were notified May 29, 2020.


This unique event will feature $50,000 in prize money as well as access to established area entrepreneurs, investors, and numerous network resources. 

Need Assistance?

Schedule an appointment with the LaunchPad for venture coaching: https://www.montana.edu/launchpad/schedule.html


Questions? Contact the LaunchPad: info@msulaunchpad.org or 406-994-4383.


Click here to see the event listing for traditional venture pitches on the MSU Calendar.
Click here to see the event listing for social venture pitches on the MSU Calendar.

Click here to find the event on Facebook.