The Montana Startup Summit
Tech leaders, innovators, state and local leaders, and anyone interested in the growing local tech economy have a unique opportunity to attend the Montana Startup Summit in Bozeman, MT on September 30th and October 1st. The Summit is a series of events designed to celebrate, connect, and grow the startup economy in the state, and the culminating event is Early Stage Montana’s Startup Showcase featuring seven Montana-based startups pitching their potential, and vying for the title of Montana Startup of the Year.
Friday, September 30th / 2pm-4pm
Mentor Office Hours Offered by The Blackstone Launchpad
At The SideCar | Downtown Bozeman
Entrepreneurs sign up for 20-minute mentoring sessions at the Sidecar to get personalized, one -on-one time with seasoned mentors with expertise in: intellectual property, sales, exit strategies and product.
Read more about the featured mentors below and sign up for sessions here.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH / 5PM-8PM
The Startup Soiree
At The Baxter Ballroom | Downtown Bozeman
5:00- 6:30: Whiskey Pitch + Silent Auction
Mingle with other Montana leaders while you hear one-minute pitches from the 2022 Accelerator Series Cohort. Learn about their startups and how their efforts will power the future economy of the state. Sample local whiskeys (that's why we're calling it the Whiskey Pitch) while you bid on Silent Auction items featuring exclusive Montana experiences.
6:30-7:30: Cocktail Hour featuring local musician Brice Ash
Enjoy a sampling of heavy appetizers as you meet with other tech enthusiasts from the area while enjoying the musical talents of local Americana and folk musician, Brice Ash.
7:30-8:00: Live Auction Featuring Padden Murphy
For the final event of the evening, we have Montana native, tech executive, and Managing Partner of Foundary Ten, Padden Murphy who will auction off exclusive Montana experiences you won't want to miss.
Attendees who purchase Soiree tickets will receive free passes and reserved seating at the Startup Showcase at the Rialto on Saturday, 10/1
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST / 4:30pm - 6pm
The Montana Startup Showcase
At The Rialto
The Startup Showcase features seven emerging Montana tech companies that have demonstrated strong growth potential. They will present their innovative businesses as they compete for the title of the Montana Startup of the Year. This is the grand finale of the Accelerator Series program, a three-part series of events to identify, recruit, train, and ultimately prepare to scale and grow the highest-potential tech startups headquartered in the state.
Anyone interested in the local innovation economy and tech startup activity is encouraged to attend.
Just Announced, the Startup Showcase will feature Michael Dubin, the Founder and former CEO of Dollar Shave Club as the Keynote Speaker.
Michael Dubin is an award-winning (Clio, Webby, EY Entrepreneur of the Year) creative executive & the founder of Dollar Shave Club (DSC), a personal care &; grooming company located in Los Angeles, CA. DSC was founded in 2011 and quickly grew to become the second-largest non-disposable razor brand in the US both in sales and volume. DSC sold to Unilever NA in 2016 for $1B.
In January 2021, Michael stepped down as CEO to focus on other projects. Michael is an active investor and board member, sitting on the boards of several for and non-profit organizations. He is originally from Pennsylvania and has done stints in New York, Georgia, and California, and now lives part-time in Montana.
Dubin's remarks will kick off the Startup Showcase, as he shares a few lessons from building DSC and how spending time in Montana has motivated him to be a 'good neighbor' finding ways to get involved with the local startup community.
The 2022 Accelerator Series Cohort
Learn about each of our cohort members below!
Are you an accredited investor? Click the button below to schedule a meeting with one of the companies!