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Launching a new venture, or inventing a first-of-its-kind product is no small feat that requires significant energy and financial capital. Fortunately for early stage ventures in Montana, we have a strong network of angel investors, venture capital firms, and amazing mentors to help guide the way.

This Inc. article makes it clear why Montana has been ranked as the most entrepreneurial state for four years running, and is quickly emerging as a leader in the national startup scene.

innovate montana symposium

The Innovate Montana Symposium is the first statewide event entirely focused on giving early stage ventures actionable insights to get to market and grow their companies.

blackstone launchpad

The Blackstone LaunchPad is a non-profit campus resource for students, alumni, and faculty interested in business and entrepreneurship.

www.montana.edu/launchpad

www.umt.edu/launchpad

early stage montana

A non-profit organization with a simple mission: To accelerate the growth of emerging technology businesses in Montana.

www.earlystagemt.org

high tech business alliance

A business-led nonpartisan initiative helping high-tech companies create high-paying jobs in Montana.

www.mthightech.org

montana manufacturing
extension center

MMEC is a statewide manufacturing outreach and assistance center that helps manufacturers succeed by assessing their operations and providing insight and solutions to help them grow, innovate and enhance their businesses.

www.montana.edu/mmec

food and ag development centers

These centers support economic development in Montana by ensuring that more of the state's food, agricultural and energy dollars circulate within the state. The network provides training, coaching and technical assistance.

agr.mt.gov/FADC

small business
development centers

The SBDC network supports ten centers around the state, focusing on counseling in areas such as financial analysis, business planning, training and workshops and loan packaging assistance to help small businesses achieve their goals of growth, expansion, innovation and success.

sbdc.mt.gov

NEIL PATEL

Here's a concise, insightful article from digital marketer/serial entrepreneur Neil Patel about the seven fundamentals of getting your startup going.

www.neilpatel.com/about

START UP SCHOOL

Y-Combinator Startup School, learn how to build a startup and earn a shot at $10k by doing it.

www.startupschool.org

TAKE THE BAIT

Learn how successful startups built their minimum viable product and found their first customers.

www.veed.io/takethebait

STANFORD STARTUP

Stanford’s famous and invaluable class on How to Start a Startup.

startupclass.samaltman.com

COFFEE WITH FOUNDERS

How startup founders did it, in their own words.

foundercoffee.salesflare.com

NEWCO.APP

Learn to build a tech startup in 30 days with demo projects, a toolkit, and more.

www.newco.app

TECH STARTUP PODCAST

A podcast through the journey of building a tech company.

saas.transistor.fm

ENTREPRENEUR TOOLS

A curated list of resource for entrepreneurs building tech companies.

entrepreneur-tools.zeef.com/keyhanimo

PAUL GRAHAM

Paul Graham’s timeless essay on how to start a startup.

www.paulgraham.com/start.html

STARTUP RESOURCES

A curated list of tools and help for entrepreneurs.

www.startupresources.io

STARTUP CAPITAL

Capital for startup businesses is complex and often frustrating for first time entrepreneurs. Learn about capitalizing your startup and in-state resources that can help.