John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge

Invite to Business Startup Challenge on May 15

The John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge is a Montana-wide event which encourages innovation and creative thinking. Hosted annually by the University of Montana School of Business Administration since 1989, the Business Startup Challenge is Montana's premiere 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 Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs (MADE) and the Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana.  

To get more information about the competition (eligibilty, submission, etc.), please visit the Blackstone LaunchPad's John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge Website.

Check the MADE, Startup Challenge Winner's Library to view previous winners of the competition.

Sponsors Make the Business Startup Challenge Possible!

Previous sponsors include:

   Missoula Economic Partnership logo

Palladium Sponsors-2015

   First Interstate Bank logo  William and Cheryl Papesh

Platinum Sponsors-2015

       Advanced Technology Group logo  Adventure Life logo  Allegiance
ALPS logo AEV logo Blackfoot logo
Blackstone Launchpad at UM logo Dorsey logo Gianforte logo
Missoula Federal Credit Union logo Missoulian logo Montana Timber Products logo
 RBC Wealth Management logo  School of Business Administration at UM logo  Securities America logo
S.G. Long and Company logo Seaspan logo Stockman Bank logo
Surgical Principals logo KT and Carol Thuerbach University of Montana logo

Gold Sponsors            

Big Sky Brewing logo 
 Broadway Inn logo  Campus Inn logo
City Brew logo
 Comfort Inn  C'mon Inn logo  Doubletree by Hilton Missoula Edgewater logo  First Security Bank logo
 Five On Black logo  Freedom Bank logo  Holiday Inn logo  L.A. Terrace Suite logo
 Montana Ambassadors logo  Motel 6 logo  NorthWestern Energy logo  PayneWest Insurance logo
 Republic Services of Montana logo  MTB Management logo  U.S. Bank logo  Wells Fargo logo

Silver Sponsors

Anderson Zurmuehlen & Co.
Bretz RV and Marine
Culligan Water
Farmers State Bank
Goodworks Ventures
Greg Sauber
Nils Ribi Endowment

Bronze Sponsors

Beach Transportation
Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce 
Wall Street Journal