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Friday, July 24, 2015

MSU Blackstone LaunchPad advisees blast past startup fundraising goal by $285,000

MSU News Service

Author: Madison, Davey

A Montana State University alumna and her husband are preparing for the next step with their startup company, Pocket NC, after they successfully closed out a Kickstarter campaign this week, out raising their goal by more than $285,000.


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Gov. Bullock tours UM's Blackstone Launchpad


Author: Madison, Davey

Governor Steve Bullock stopped by the University of Montana on Thursday to get an update on how well the Blackstone Launchpad program is working.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blackstone LaunchPad helps entrepreneurs start businesses

NBC Montana

Author: Madison, Davey

The Blackstone LaunchPad is a program at the University of Montana. It helps students, faculty, staff and alumni turn their ideas into businesses and nonprofit organizations.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January Workshop for Entrepreneurs


Author: Madison, Davey

If you've ever thought of starting your own business, a January workshop might be what you need. A global grassroots movement to empower entrepreneurs is coming to Billings.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

John & Snezhi Grahlert

Stonehouse Distillery

Author: Madison, Davey

John and Snezhi Grahlert likely never envisioned themselves as pioneers in the artisan distillery world. As John notes “we’re not even really drinkers” - but they certainly are savvy business people.  As the owners of Montana’s newest craft distillery they’re joining an emerging industry that’s grown by 700% over five years. Like many entrepreneurs, their path to starting the Stonehouse Distillery in the small, rural town of Winston, Montana started with a recognition that they could make an existing product better.  John recalls the moment during the vacation he and Snezhi took in 2010 when it became clear the market needed higher quality, tastier spirits:

“We ordered a couple of supposedly high-end tropical drinks to celebrate our vacation, and were disappointed by the lack of a distinct flavor profile in the liquor - it was all lost to the fruit juices and other mixers.  We knew we could do better.” 

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