Early Stage MT is working to diversify Montana's economy by creating high-skilled, high-paying jobs in our communities.

We are a non-profit organization with a simple mission:

To accelerate the growth of emerging technology businesses in Montana.


We do this by helping early stage tech companies avoid mistakes that slow growth, and connecting them to the training, mentors, contacts and financing to scale quickly.


Create opportunities for early stage technology companies to present their business to prospective investors, partners, and mentors through Regional and Statewide Showcases.



Provide intensive, directed instruction and coaching for early stage technology companies through our HyperAccelerator program.


Facilitate access to the mentoring and capital investment that enables new businesses to grow and compete nationally and globally.

Annual Showcase

Early Stage Montana (ESMT) hosts an annual Showcase highlighting the state’s most promising high tech businesses. Showcase contestants are selected from around Montana to participate in a 5-day hyperaccelerator where they receive mentorship from experienced, successful entrepreneurs.

Contestant finalists pitch to an audience including private investors and venture capitalists for a chance to win startup funds.*

Our Partners

Get Involved

Interested in being an integral part of Montana’s exploding tech economy?
Want to know about new and exciting technology ventures in the Big Sky state?
Can you provide advice, mentorship or some other valuable service to growing technology businesses in the state?
Contact Us Today
* Capital infusion subject to agreement on terms with investors.