John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge

Invite to Business Startup Challenge on May 5

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

adventure-life 2016
 AEV logo
     bershire-hathaway-2016 Blackfoot logo Blackstone Launchpad at UM logo
gianforte-family 2016 KT and Carol Thuerbach Missoulian logo
montana-timber-2016 MTB Management logo School of Business Administration at UM logo
sg-long 2016 Seaspan logo      
Stockman Bank logo Surgical Principals logo

Gold Sponsors            

Big Sky Brewing logo 

 Broadway Inn logo  Campus Inn logo
Comfort Inn
 C'mon Inn logo  Doubletree by Hilton Missoula Edgewater logo  dorsey-Whitney-2016  First Security Bank logo
 Five On Black logo  Freedom Bank logo  Holiday Inn logo

L.A. Terrace Suite logo

 Montana Ambassadors logo  misosula fed 2016  montec-2016  Motel 6 logo

NorthWestern Energy logo


 U.S. Bank logo  Wells Fargo logo

Silver Sponsors

Culligan Water
Governor's Office of Economic Development
Goodworks Ventures
Headframe Spirits
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

Bronze Sponsors

Anderson Zurmuehlen & Company
Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce 
Wall Street Journal