John Ruffatto 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 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:
Governor's Office of Economic Development
Market on Front
Missoula Regional SBDC
Max Gill & Grill, Washington Park Grille & Agava Taco Bar
Montana Community Development Corporation
Nils A. Ribi Endowment
Windermere Real Estate-Missoula
Anderson Zurmuehlen & Company
Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
Wall Street Journal