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Applications open for Montana State’s $75K Venture Competition

by MSU News Service
| March 17, 2023 7:00 AM

BOZEMAN — Applications are now being accepted for the $75K Venture Competition, which will be hosted April 20 by Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and the MSU Blackstone LaunchPad.

The competition provides entrepreneurs, including students, faculty and staff, and recent alumni the opportunity to present their business ideas, receive feedback and compete for startup funding. The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 26.

The competition is open to all MSU and University of Montana undergraduate and graduate students, to faculty and staff at both universities and to MSU and UM alumni who graduated within the last 10 years.

The presentations will start at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in Inspiration Hall in MSU’s Norm Asbjornson Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Ventures that won first, second and third place prizes in previous MSU $50K Venture Competitions are not eligible to participate.

In addition, ventures that have received venture capital or angel funding are not eligible, but ventures that have received funding from MSU, UM or the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs or similar grants may participate.

The event offers $75,000 in prize money and feedback from judges, as well as access to experienced entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and network resources.

Applications and competition information can be found at competition/.

Questions about the MSU $75K Venture Competition may be directed to 406-994-4383 or

The Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers four undergraduate options of study – accounting, finance, management and marketing – as well as five minors accounting; business administration; entrepreneurship and small business management; finance; and international business.

It also offers a master of professional accountancy degree, master of science in innovation and management, a business certificate and an entrepreneurship certificate.

MSU’s Blackstone LaunchPad helps MSU students succeed in entrepreneurship and in their careers.

Open to students, faculty and alumni in all majors, the campus based LaunchPad provides mentoring, opportunities for participants to grow their networks and resources to help their businesses succeed. For more information, visit montana. edu/launchpad/.