Montana Start-up Academy June 2019

Montana Start-up Academy Logo

 June 20-23, 2019

hosted by

One Montana

and our partners

Montana State University's Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship, MSU's Blackstone LaunchPad


Youth Entrepreneurs of Montana (YE-Montana)


What is Montana Start-up Academy?

The Academy is a super-charged, 4-day hands-on workshop for high school students who want to shape their future by becoming entrepreneurial innovators and leaders. Students will learn essential entrepreneurship knowledge and how-to skills through intensive mentoring by Montana's business experts and successful entrepreneurs. Participants will practice what they learn by creating business prototypes they will pitch to investors during the Academy. Take charge of your future! Apply today.

When? June 20-23, 2019

Where? On the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman. Students will live in supervised dormitories.

Cost- No cost to students and their families! Generous sponsors believe in the Academy's vision and make it possible for participants to receive full scholarships.

Eligibility- Students currently in grades 9, 10 and 11. We want students to play leadership roles in bringing entrepreneurial innovation to their schools next fall.

Application deadline- Applications must be received no later than April 30, 2019.

Enrollment decisions announced- Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning April 1st and sent via email to applicants and their parents/guardians.

Before you apply- Click here to download a copy of the application questions in order to prepare your answers before applying online.

Questions? Email Jim Masker at


What will you learn during your Montana Start-up Academy experience?

MSA-Discussing Potential TopicsParticipants will learn how to work collaboratively to define important problems worth solving in their schools and communities. Each team will choose a problem to tackle as a potential business opportunity and will learn how to apply the principles of Design Thinking and Business Model Canvas to develop business prototypes.

Participant-- "I learned that teamwork is the best way to come up with new ideas because everyone has a unique perspective and more perspectives are better. I really had fun and enjoyed working with new people."


MSA-Emily CroppedParticipants will learn how to do market research, design iteration, prototying, and to give and receive constructive feedback throughout all phases of the business development process. They will continually present their ideas to teammates, to the other teams, and to our mentors from the business community in order to "fine tune" their products and business plans.

Parent-- "They lit a fire under him. He's thinking about college now!"

Click here to read a Bozeman Chronicle article about our June 2018 Montana Start-up Academy


MSA-Flexure Pitch After 3 days of intensive classroom mentoring, field trips, and interactive meetings with entrepreneurs, students will have learned the step-by-step process of starting businesses and will be ready to present their pitches to a team of investors.

Participant-- "It was a phenomenal program! If you had no idea what entrepreneurship was when you came, you would know 110% when you leave."

Click here to see one team's 8-minute presentation during Pitch It To Investors, a capstone event where students demonstrate what they have learned about collaboration, innovation, public speaking, entrepreneurship, and business development.


Our Generous Sponsors Who Make Montana Start-up Academy Possible

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Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation

Gianforte Family Foundtion         An Anonymous Montana Foundation


Jim Kubiak with Edward Jonnes logo        Montana Chamber of Commerce-Logo       NorthWestern Energy-logo

Association for Entrepreneurship USA-logo