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Event Details

The Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship announces the inaugural event on Thursday, April 16, 2020 starting at 5:30 pm in Jabs Hall on the MSU campus. All ventures are welcome, including but not limited to new products, services, non-profit ventures, and social impact focus.


This competition is 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.

Key Application Materials Needed

  • A slide deck presentation or PDF highlighting these areas: company purpose, problem, solution, why now, market size, product/service, team, business model, competitors, and high level current financials and projections.
  • A link to a 1-2 minute video that summarizes your venture. This video does not need to be edited or professionally created, and can simply be a smartphone video of you explaining your venture.

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The deadline for applications is March 6, 2020 and finalists will be notified the week of March 22, 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


The finalists will pitch on April 16th. This event is open to the public for viewing.

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


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