Each academic year, the University of Montana College of Business hosts several student competitions. Each competition is designed to challenge, inspire and motivate students while fostering growth in professional skills and creative thinking.
John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge
Taking place each spring, the John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge is the state-wide business plan competition for college students. With exposure to Montana's finest entrepreneurs and business community members as well as a one-of-a-kind opportunity to win cash prizes and secure startup funding, this competition offers an invaluable experience for all participating students.
EPIC Ideas Showcase
As the lead-in to the spring's Business Startup Challenge, the College of Business offers the EPIC Ideas Showcase each fall. The competition offers students a chance to "pitch" their brilliant business ideas in an exhibition-style event.
Northwestern Mutual Sales Competition
Each fall semester, the College of Business hosts the Sales Competition in collaboration with financial planning firm Northwestern Mutual. In addition to offering scholarships and cash prizes, the sales competition gives participating students the chance to improve communications skills and explore rewarding sales careers.