Startup Weekend Missoula Hosts Area Entrepreneurs for a Crash Course in Creating a Business

12/02/2013 | By Nathan Stephens

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Event Name: Startup Weekend Missoula

Event Dates: March 7-9, 2014

Event Location: Elks Lodge #383, 112 N Pattee St, Missoula, Mt 59802

Contact: Geoff Pepos, Co-Organizer

Phone Number: (406) 546-0351

E-mail Address:

Website Address:

What’s happening and who’s it for?

Missoula is set to host its second Startup Weekend from March 7 through the 9, 2014. Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups! Local CEOs, founders, startup veterans, attorneys, publishers, professors, and economic developers with entrepreneurship, investing, marketing, and technology expertise will be on hand to coach teams.

Alongside members from the local tech and entrepreneur communities, Startup Weekend Missoula will welcome a new kind of participant to the local event: students from Montana University System’s new Blackstone LaunchPad program. The Blackstone Charitable Foundation knows that entrepreneurship is the single most effective way to spur economic growth and job creation. Through the Blackstone LaunchPad, students will have access to an expanded universe of resources and years of institutional knowledge, helping them launch ventures that can take root locally and strengthen Montana’s economy.

"The opportunity to assemble your own startup dream team of peers to work on a common idea for a weekend was too good to pass up. The experience reinforced why I love working with startups," says Colin Stoner who attended Startup Weekend Missoula 2013.

Said Startup Weekend Missoula coach Elke Govertsen of last years event, "The energy and momentum were palpable. To see that kind of collaborative potential made me excited for the future of Missoula and the entrepreneur startup ecosystem we are fostering."

“When startup entrepreneurs come together, innovative ideas are launched” said Nathan Stephens who's helping organize this, his third Startup Weekend in Montana.

Why attend a Startup Weekend event?

  • Education - learn by doing.
  • Build your network - meet talented entrepreneurs.
  • Co-founder dating - build your team.
  • Learn a new skill - flex your technical and business muscle.
  • Get face time with thought leaders - local leaders on tap.
  • Join a global community - over 45,000 alumni out to change the world.

How is it done?

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts. Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend. (Statistics from

When and where is it?

The detailed Startup Weekend Missoula 2014 Schedule can be found online at The general hours of the event are Friday, March 7, 2014 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. It will be held in downtown Missoula at the Elks Lodge, 112 N. Pattee St.

How can I sign up?

Interested parties can click on the orange “Register” link at the main website to sign up: Students tickets are offered at a discounted price and are limited. Registration includes pizza and caffeine Friday night as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner catered by Bravo! Catering and Market on Front.  Attendees will also receive a custom team t-shirt and exclusive Startup Weekend perks.

About our local sponsors

Thanks to our local sponsors Blackstone LaunchPad MSU; Blackstone LaunchPad UM; MonTec; GCS; Missoula Economic Partnership; Elks Lodge Post #383; Acuity Design; Content Monkeys; Goodworks Ventures, LLC;;  Boyle, Deveny, and Meyer, PC; Wilma Condo; Dorsey & Whitney, LLP;; Frontier Angel Fund, LLC; Market on Front;;; and

Sponsorship opportunities still available, please contact us.

ABOUT STARTUP WEEKEND: Startup Weekend is a program of UP Global along with NEXT, StartupDigest and Startup America. UP Global is a non-profit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. UP Global is supported by Google for Entrepreneurs, Coca-Cola, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Case Foundation.