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Virtual Event Details

The MSU $50K Venture Competition will be a two-day virtual competition taking place Wednesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 8. Winners will be announced on Friday, April 9. These events are open to the public for viewing.


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 Award winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) from previous MSU $50K competitions are not eligible to complete. The 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 [email protected] or click here to schedule a meeting with the LaunchPad.


March 7: Application Submission deadline

Finalists will be notified the week of March 15

button to the $50K application

Application Items

To apply, please fill out the application via the link above which will include several questions and these two key items:

    - A slide deck presentation submitted as a pdf or pdf summary highlighting these areas: company purpose, problem, solution, why now, market size, product/service, team, business model, competition, and high-level current financials and projections (more details provided in the application)

    - 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 


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

Upcoming Info Sessions

Wednesday, February 24th, 4 pm - 4:30 pm

Thursday, February 25th 12 - 12:30 pm

Need Assistance?

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


Questions? Contact the LaunchPad: [email protected] or 406-994-4383.


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.