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Jake Jabs College of Business, Montana State University

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

In a first for the events in Montana, Startup Weekend Bozeman 2015 will include access to Arduino's and Raspberry Pi's for all attendees. These devices can be used to build physical electronic products quickly and cheaply. There will be a multitude of sensors available and experts on hand to help teams that use them. Any team that uses Arduino's and Raspberry Pi's and continues after the weekend is over will get to keep the units at no charge. We will also have access to 3D Printing!

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!



Apr 17
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 18
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 19
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Premiere Sponsor

Doug Warner

CEO of DropTrip

Doug Warner is a cloud technology veteran with an extensive background in computer science and psychology. He started as one of the original employees at RightNow Technologies and throughout his 13 year tenure was the driving force behind the RightNow Knowledge Foundation, RightNow's industry leading core technology. Doug left RightNow shortly after Oracle's $1.5b acquisition and has subsequently built multiple businesses including DropTrip, a startup in the crowdsourced shipping industry. In his limited free time, Doug is also an accomplished expedition caver.

Platinum Sponsors

Mark Jacobs

CEO of MeBox Media and Business Turn-Around Guru

Will Price

Venture Capitalist and Entreprenuer

Liz Marchi

Founder of the Frontier Angel Fund II

Susan Carstensen

Investor and Former CFO of RightNow Technologies

Gold Sponsors

Paul Gladen

Director of the UM Blackstone Launchpad

Gary Bishop

Professor at the MSU College of Business

John Allwine

STEAMlab Coordinator

Danny Choriki

VP Product and Support, ADTECH US   |   LinkedIn

Born in Bozeman and raised around the agriculture industry of Montana, Danny Choriki decided in his 20's to see if there was life without dirt under his finger nails. With a degree in the social sciences, Danny went to New York City to study environmental psychology with an eye towards understanding how people cope with and adapt to rapid social and technical change. Along the way, he became an "accidental techie" as his day job during graduate school was assisting the director of The City University of New York Graduate School's computer center to move from card punch machines, Wilbur and VAX terminals (9600 baud - woo hoo!) to pc's on a lan, structured databases, and eventually the internet. His first full time job in NYC was at a policy research center looking at the impact of information technology on the New York City Public Schools. That was followed by a series of consulting and strategic planning positions Fortune 50 corporations in legal, finance and telecommunications.

Ryan Stout

Developer,   |  

Ryan has been building technology products since he was in high school. Ryan primarily focuses on web applications and mobile apps. This includes,, and Agile Games - a social gaming company that passed 10 million users between a series of social games built on the Facebook platform. Ryan was also lead developer on, a Facebook tab content manager that sold to VistaPrint in 2011 as part of the 117 million dollar acquisition. Currently Ryan is working on, an online dating site that mines social information to determine a persons interests and personality, then uses that data to match people.

Jake Cook

Founder at TadPull   |   LinkedIn

Forever curious entrepreneur with a background in digital marketing. Experience in applying web technology and analytics to solve branding challenges for clients across life sciences, luxury, enterprise, consumer web, and the outdoor industry.

Guest writer for Behance's 99u and Smashing Magazine. Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Dan Simser

Co-Founder of the Bozeman Makerspace, Software developer & Entrepreneur

Daniel Simser is the president/co-founder of the Bozeman Makerspace, a community workshop where people converge to create, learn and build. He is also a co-founder of, a scheduling and dispatching solution + TechMeridian Inc, a software development company located in Manhattan, MT.

Les Craig

Director of the Blackstone Launchpad at MSU   |   LinkedIn

Silver Sponsors
Ken Fichtler
Cody Sauer
Rick Fink
Kristina Bart