Big Idea Challenge

Recent: October 25, 2022

Students submitted their "Big Ideas" and the finalists delivered three-minute pitches for their ideas to the judges. Between $4,000-$6,000 in prize money is given out each year.

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MSU $50K Venture Competition

Recent: Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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

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

John Ruffato Business Startup Challenge

The John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge is a Montana-wide event which encourages innovation and creative thinking. Hosted annually by the University of Montana College of Business since 1989, the Business Startup Challenge is Montana's premier opportunity for students attending any college or university across Montana to present exciting new businesses and/or social entrepreneurship venture ideas for adjudication. The Business Startup Challenge is run by the School of Business Administration and the Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana.
Fall event: October 8, 2021
Submission Deadline: September 8, 2021

Follow the link for more information: John Ruffato Business Competition

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