2018 Statewide Showcase – Saturday, September 22,  2018

Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT

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8:00am

Doors Open – Registration

Coffee, Networking

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9:00am

Setting the Stage

Celebrating the vibrant and fast growing tech ecosystem in MT.

Pat LaPointe,  Frontier Angels

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9:30am

Discussion Forum 1: Trends Shaping the Tech Ecosystem

A discussion of the disruptive forces that are redefining technology and creating new opportunities for businesses today.

Moderator: Rob Irizarry, Oracle

Panelists:

Kate Shillo – Upslope Capital – CO

Chris Calder – Epic Ventures – UT

David Vap – Yellowstone Growth Partners

Renee Reijo Pera – VP Research and Economic Development

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10:15am

Networking Break

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10:30am

Presentation Session

Two companies present with Q&A

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11:00am

Discussion Forum 2: Growth Drivers. Incubators? Accelerators?

What does an emerging ecosystem like Montana’s need to accelerate growth?

Moderator: Pat LaPointe, Frontier Angels

Panelists:

Mark Ranalli, Dean of Jake Jabs School of Business at MSU

Brian Burns, Grayhawk Capital AZ

Julie Penner, Managing Director, Techstars – Boulder CO

Abby Taubner, Managing Director, gBETA – Milwaukee

Pioneer Square Labs, TBD

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11:45am

Presentation Session

Two companies present with Q&A

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12:15pm

Networking and Lunch Break

Fabulous burrito lunches by La Parilla – a Bozeman favorite for over 20 years.

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1:00pm

Presentation Session

Two companies present with Q&A

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1:30pm

Discussion Forum 3: Tech Transfer

Building stronger ties between public university research and local entrepreneurs.

Moderator: Daren Nitz, Free Vector Advisors

Panelists:

Daniel Juliano – Director, Montana State University Tech Transfer office

Ryan Buckmaster – EIR director/coordinator UWashington CoMotion

Steve Dimmer – CEO-Curvafix; former EIR at UW and J&J

Bryn Rees – Director of Tech Transfer, UC Boulder

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2:15pm

Presentation Session

Two companies present with Q&A

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2:45pm

Discussion Forum 4: Trends in Financing Growth

How are debt, equity, grant, and crowdfunding options changing and what does every entrepreneur need to know?

Moderator: Ginny Coles, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Panelists:

John O’Donnell, Alaska Growth Capital

Scott Sehnert, President – Rocky Mountain Bank

Brent Donnelly, Deputy Director SBA Montana region

Kevin Barber, Sun Mountain Capital

 

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3:30pm

Networking Break

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3:45pm

Announcement of Winner of Early Stage Montana Statewide Showcase

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4:00pm

Wrap Up and Event Closing