winners of the Spring 2016 Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU Live Pitch competition at Eligibility

All competitors must be currently enrolled MSU students from any college in the Montana State University ecosystem. All competitors are strongly encouraged to connect with the entrepreneur and venture coaches at the Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU by scheduling a remote or in-person appointment here before submitting their video pitch. 

Travel Support

Limited travel and lodging support is available for MSU student finalists and coaches/judges from MSU affiliate campuses in Great Falls, Havre, and Billings. Email for information. The deadline to contact us with your intent to apply and request travel support is March 22nd at 5 PM. 

Contest Timeline

March 22nd at 5 PM
Deadline to submit intent to apply if requesting travel support (for MSU students from outside Bozeman only)
March 31st at 11:59 PM
Applications due: 60 second video pitch (see submission instructions)
April 4th
Finalists announced and travel plans finalized 
April 4th - 11th
Coaching and preparation sessions for finalists
April 11th at 5 PM
Live pitch competition in SUB Ballroom B at MSU in Bozeman


Contest Details

Your one-minute video pitch must describe the business or business idea, the target market, the problem the business solves, and the marketing/sales strategy.  If you are selected as a finalist, you will have the chance to deliver a 3 minute pitch live at MSU and field questions from our panel of judges for 2-3 minutes. Judges will be announced closer to the event, and example pitches and instructional videos will be posted here soon. 

Submission Instructions (updated 3/14/17)

To submit your pitch video, please make an account and upload your video on To protect the privacy of your video submission, you can password protect your video. When you are ready to submit, send an email to with subject line "Pitch Competition Entry." Include in the body of your email your full name, campus and department affiliation, year in school, along with a link to your Vimeo video (and password if protected). Call, email, or stop by the LaunchPad if you have any issues with your upload or entry.  Don't wait until the last minute to prepare and submit your entry - late entries will not be accepted. 

Other Ways to be Involved

We are actively recruiting judges and event sponsors. Please email or call the office at 994-4383 for more information. We encourage all individuals submitting to our competition to also check out the John Ruffatto Business Startup Competition in Missoula April 13th (over $50k in prizes are up for grabs!).