Join us on July 12-13 in Billings, Montana

The Innovate Montana Symposium is Montana's signature annual business and networking event, connecting innovative ventures from diverse industries with economic opportunity. Over the course of two days, we'll provide the insights, tools, and collaboration that foster thriving businesses and communities in our state. The event's high impact speaker series will be paired with focused breakout sessions so inspiration is directly channeled into action plans. Brain dates and social events will make sure the right people are in the room for creating new ventures and powerful partnerships.

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Keynote Speaker

Bethany Yellowtail, Founder and Designer of BYELLOWTAIL

Raised on the "Apsaalooke" Nation in a cattle ranching family, Bethany Yellowtail was first taught sewing from her Aunties and Grandmother growing up on the Crow reservation. As a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM) in Los Angeles. Bethany worked in corporate fashion specializing in pattern-making and design consultation for various prominent brands before launching her own brand, BYELLOWTAIL, in December 2014. Her Great-Grandmother, Irene-Not-Afraid-Yellowtail’s regalia inspired the company’s founding aesthetics.

In June 2015, BYELLOWTAIL launched THE BYELLOWTAIL COLLECTIVE, a brand initiative that features art from Native American makers primarily from the Great Plains tribal regions. All pieces are handmade using time-honored techniques and traditional methods passed down from family generations. The COLLECTIVE proudly carries heirloom-quality artisanal goods, jewelry, and fashion accessories from some of the finest Native artisans around the country. Set on re-invention of tradition and continuity of culture, BYELLOWTAIL shares indigenous art and fashion with the world while providing empowering, entrepreneurial initiatives for Native people.

What to Know


Ticket sales will start in March. Stay tuned!


  • DoubleTree by Hilton
  • 27 N. 27th Street, Billings, Montana, 59101
  • Northern Hotel
  • 19 N. Broadway, Billings, Montana, 59101
  • Pub Station
  • 2502 1st Ave N., Billings, Montana, 59101

Hotel Accommodations

  • DoubleTree by Hilton 
  • 1-406-252-7400
  • For reservations please mention INNOVATE MONTANA, use the the promo code ECO, or click here to book online
  • Northern Hotel
  • 1-406-867-6767
  • For reservations please mention INNOVATE MONTANA 
  • Best Western Clocktower Inn
  • 1-406-259-5511
  • For reservations please mention INNOVATE MONTANA or click here to book online


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