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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.

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
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

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

Ryan Stout

Jake Cook

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