90-Minute Design Thinking Workshop

Wednesday, September 25

6:30-8:00 pm
Jabs Hall 207

"Every business starts with a problem. In this workshop, you will identify an opportunity, break it down, and find a tangible solution—all in 90 minutes.

Want more details? Here's how the event works:

  1. Pitch a problem or choose from the provided list.
  2. Empathize, define, and ideate. Brainstorm a solution with your team that makes the most sense for your end-user.
  3. Share your final ideas, including any prototypes you've drafted up.
  4. Enjoy the free food and refreshments!"

Click here to register for the workshop.

MSU Calendar: https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events/30946 

Idea Challenge poster 1Idea Challenge

Tuesday, October 29

6:00 pm
Jabs Hall 111

Application deadline:October 9

MSU Calendar Listing: https://www.montana.edu/calendar/events/31031 

MSU's LaunchPad will be hosting an Idea Challenge competition on Tuesday, October 29 starting at 6 pm in Jabs Hall 111. This competition is open to all MSU students (undergraduate and graduate) and will feature $4,000 in prize money.  All Ideas are welcome, including but not limited to new products, services, non-profit ventures, and social impact focus. 


To apply, please fill out the short application and submit a link to a 1 to 3 minute video that summarizes your idea with a focus on the problem and the solution. This video does not need to be edited or professionally created, and can simply be a smartphone video of you explaining your idea. If you have questions or need help on the video requirement, please come see us in the LaunchPad.

We also recommend you schedule a meeting with the Launchpad to review your idea and application. http://www.montana.edu/launchpad/schedule.html

**We will review all submissions and select eight finalists based on your application and video.**

All finalists will be paired with a coach, and we will require a presentation coaching session prior to the public event.

The finalists will present their ideas in a 3 to 5 minute pitch on October 29th. This event is open to the public for viewing and we are excited to feature Jake Jabs and several Montana business leaders and investors as our judges!

Tentative Timeline:

Now - Oct. 9th: Applications open until Oct. 9th

Now until Oct. 9th: Ongoing consults with Launchpad about idea and application 

Oct. 10th-16th: Application review

Oct. 16th: Finalists notified

Oct. 17th - Oct. 28th: Finalist working on pitches with coaches from our LaunchPad team

Oct. 29th, 6-8 pm: Idea Challenge Pitch, Jabs Hall room 111

The final pitch competition on the 29th will be open to the public to attend.


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



Global Innovation Camp

Summer 2020

Spend two weeks in Cork, Ireland with faculty from the University of Montana and University College Cork learning about research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Work in interdisciplinary teams to solve real-world problems with early stage startup businesses.

Click here for details about the Summer Ireland Trip.