MSU $50K Venture Competition to be held online May 27-28
From MSU News Service
BOZEMAN —Montana State University’s inaugural $50K Venture Competition will be held online Wednesday, May 27, and Thursday, May 28. The event is hosted by the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and the MSU Blackstone LaunchPad.
Seven finalists in the traditional venture category will be featured Wednesday, and seven finalists classified as social ventures will be featured Thursday. The 14 ventures will compete for a share of $50,000 in prize money. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 29.
“We are really excited that we are able to have this event virtually now and showcase these amazing innovators at MSU and in our community, especially during this time,” said Trevor Huffmaster, director of MSU’s LaunchPad. The $50K Venture Competition originally was scheduled to be held April 16 in Jabs Hall, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Individuals who would like to watch the pitches online should register at the following links:
Traditional ventures, 4 to 6 p.m. May 27: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ePwjEy7JTVm0QxNhozf5mQ.
Social ventures, 4 to 6 p.m. May 28: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I3cCNu4fSQ26jSV80G8yOw.
The 14 finalists were selected from among 29 entries submitted by MSU students, faculty, staff and recent alumni.
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, a business certificate and entrepreneurship certificate. This fall, the college reported an enrollment of 1,569 students.
MSU’s Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars aims to help MSU students succeed in entrepreneurship and in their careers. Housed in the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and open to all students and recent alumni in all majors, the campus-based LaunchPad enables participants to access mentoring, grow their network and access resources to accelerate the success of their business. •