The entrepreneurial journey of companies that came through the LaunchPad, and what they have to say about it. Some even left words of wisdom for us to share with future entrepreneurs.
“Paul and the Blackstone LaunchPad team have been crucial partners in our business strategy and development process. The insight and guidance offered allowed us to prioritize and accelerate our market research and pilot projects. The connections and introductions to local business professionals have been invaluable to our progress as a new business.
-James Wasem, Co-Founder, DaysAtDunrovin.com”
Shivelight Premium Beverage Company
"The Blackstone Launchpad is an incredible resource forentrepreneurs. Since the inception of Shivelight Premium Beverage Company, we have found great value in consultations with the Blackstone team for everything from modelling, to legal advice, to just making sure we weren't crazy or missing something reallyimportant in our perspective on the business."
Wholesum Food Calculator
"Blackstone LaunchPad has provided a space to set aside time and take advantage of expert insight to focus on our business, ask questions, and brainstorm opportunities. As a very small staff, it has been really important to carve out these moments to problem solve and plan on the big picture level. It has also connected us with media and other contacts that have helped us reach wider audiences."
Words of advice
"Take advantage of resources in your community and build relationships that support your vision, no matter where you are in your business development. One of the strengths of Missoula and the University of Montana is the strong community -leverage that!"
"The Blackstone LaunchPad gave me the tools, connections and courage I needed to start my first business, Crepe Cuisine. From financial modeling to talking through marketing ideas and introducing me to the John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition, the LaunchPad team did everything they could to help us bring crepes to Missoula!"