MISSOULA – The University of Montana wants to hear from aspiring student entrepreneurs.
In its 30th year, the The John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge awards more than $50,000 to students who pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges.
The competition is open to all students enrolled in higher education in Montana.
Applications are due Friday, Feb. 8, and can be found on the John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge website.
The event committee will select 12 teams to compete in the competition March 8.
The teams pitch their business ideas to more than 50 judges who provide feedback and coaching.
Above all, four finalists are selected during the day to compete for the top prizes — including the $15,000 first-place cash prize — at the evening’s public event.
Tickets for the public event are $15 each. They can be purchased on the JRBSC website. Students can attend for free.