Innovate Montana Symposium 2019

Pop-Up Preneurs

The Innovate Montana Symposium will host FIVE pop-up shops at the event! From free headshots to gourmet cotton candy, we are bringing entrepreneurs together to showcase what they do and where they are headed.

Thrive! Shares Insight at Innovate

CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke are the co-founders of Thrive Inc. They’ve spent 20 years helping men, women, couples, and teams to resolve difficult conflicts and create strong, thriving relationships. They’ve written two books: The Beauty of Conflict and The Beauty of Conflict for Couples (recently featured on the Today Show).

Affecting Change Through Purpose-Driven Companies

Can you affect change and run a business successfully? Can you attract a workforce with a purpose? Learn how B Corporations have helped with the businesses and organizations in balancing profit and purpose as well as how these missions help attract a workforce with a similar passion.

Shark PITch Contestants

Five businesses will take the stage for Innovate Montana's first Shark PITch event! The companies will each have 5 minutes to pitch their business to our expert judge panel and 10 minutes of grueling questioning from our sharks.


Our Buzz Sessions are thought provoking breakouts ready to ignite you and your business. Get ready to Innovate!

KEYNOTE: WeWork on Marketing and Strategic Planning

Padden Murphy, VP of Global Marketing at WeWork, will be sharing his thoughts in a LIVE Podcast recording on "Marketing Machine: How Technology is Transforming Customer Engagement" on October 15th. He will also be taking the stage on the 16th with Deano Roberts, VP of Global Workplace at Slack in a fireside chat and for a panel on "Strategic Planning: Where Innovation Meets Scale." 

KEYNOTE: Slack At Innovate

Deano Roberts, VP of Global Workplace at Slack, will be making a big slash at the 2019 Innovate Montana Symposium this year, sharing his experience on the main stage for a Keynote speech, in a conversation on "Engineering a Team for High Growth," and in a fireside chat with Padden Murphy of WeWork.

Will Price & Justin Bigart FACE OFF at INNOVATE

The Innovate Montana Symposium will bring two funding experts to the stage for the ultimate Face Off, October 15th. The debate will explore "Venture Funding vs. Bootstrapping." This "panel" will be an experience to remember as you hear both sides of a pretty heated subject. Don't miss this moment! 

Shark PITch Competition

We are bringing our version of the popular TV show, Shark Tank, to the Mining City! This year, at INNOVATE, prepare for a day of professional development and a night of entertainment. Shark PITch will host 5 businesses who think they are ready to face our panel of sharks. After giving us their PITCH, the sharks will begin their grueling round of questions to determine if the business will sink or swim.

KEYNOTE: Fritz Lanman, CEO of ClassPass

Fritz Lanman, CEO of ClassPass will be taking the INNOVATE Main Stage this Fall for what will surely be an inspirational talk to remember. He has been involved with the company since 2013 when he led both the Seed and Series A financing.