Public Event

John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge

$50,000. 16 Teams. 4 Finalists.

John Ruffatto Business Challenge LogoThe John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge is a statewide, experiential learning event hosted annually by the University of Montana School of Business Administration since 1989. The Business Startup Challenge is Montana's premiere opportunity for students attending any college or university across Montana to present exciting new businesses and/or social entrepreneurship venture ideas for adjudication. The Business Startup Challenge is run by the School of Business Administration and the Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana. 

Join Us on April 13!


You are invited to attend the public, live pitch event!

On Thursday, April 13 you are welcome to attend the John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge reception at 4:30 P.M. in the UC Lobby with complimentary food and a no-host bar. 

Live pitches begin at 5:30 P.M. in the UC Theater. Our 2017 list of competitors will be posted by 3/15/17 after accepted applicants confirm their intent to compete.

Tickets: $10.00 for the general public, free for students- everyone must register online