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Fall 2021:

Pitches: Tuesday, November 9
6:15 pm
Jabs Hall 111


The LaunchPad Ideas Competition is designed to provide students with early-stage ideas the opportunity to compete for cash prizes!



Here are your winners of this year's competition by track:

  • Consumer Products & Services: Red Trade
  • Health & Life Science: Neurofluidic Diagnostics
  • Social and Climate Impact: Drawdown Materials
  • General: Transit Clamp

Special Awards given:

  • Montana Impact Award: YouNITE
  • Judge's Choice: The Stacks
  • Best Pitch: Topo Health
  • Biggest Idea: Topo Health

Our 12 semi-finalists were:

BioCap: Mitigating climate change through carbon capture

CareerLift: Professional networking platform for higher ed institutions

Drawdown Materials: A new building material with global potential

LAYA: Generating B2B leads

Morel Technology:  A tool to build apps for smaller businesses

Neurofluidic Diagnostics: Utilizing bio markers to track different parts of the brain

Red Trade: Portfolio investment data and management tool for new traders

The Stacks: A mobile bookshare and ice cream experience for rural areas

TIMELINE: A virtual reality textbook 

Topo Health: A better way to diagnose lung cancer

Transit Clamp: New device to help construction labor with heavy loads

YouNITE (Youth Novus Indigenous & Tribal Entrepreneurship): Food Incubator

This competition is open to all Montana State University students (undergraduate and graduate) and will feature over $6,000 in prize awards.  All Ideas are welcome, including but not limited to new products, services, non-profit ventures, and social impact focus. 


The (4) finalist winners of the Montana State University Campus Round will take home $1,000 each.  In addition, for Montana State University cash prizes will be available for additional awards.

Furthermore, four (4) finalists from each campus will move forward to the [National Network Round] competing for:

  • $10,000 in additional prize money to further develop your idea
  • Expert consultations for branding and logo design, plus technology and product strategy sessions


The applicant must... 

  • be a current student (undergraduate or graduate-level) ​ 
  • be a founder/co-founder (i.e., the person with the original idea) 
  • be in the earliest stages - have an idea or have just started building on an idea 
  • create a profile on Startup Tree and apply as an individual or in teams of  2

Meetings are available with the Launchpad to review your idea and the application:

Selected Montana State University semifinalists will be asked to present their ideas in 3 - 5 minute pitch on November 9th. This event would be open to the community for viewing.  



  • October 25th to November 15th: Deliberation Period
    • Applicants will be evaluated and scored.
    • In addition, at Montana State University, a Semifinal in person 3-minute pitch will take place on November 9th. 
  • November 15th - 19th: Winner from each track across each school invited to finalist network round
    • If you are selected as Finalist, you will be invited to the [National Network Round]
  • December 1st: Deadline for [National Network Round] Finalist Participation
    • More information and link to apply will be shared with Finalists

Questions? Please contact the MSU LaunchPad: [email protected] or 406-994-4383

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