Public Event

$50,000. 8 Teams. 4 Finalists.

The John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge is a statewide, experiential learning event hosted annually by the University of Montana College of Business since 1989. The Business JRBSC-Logo.jpgStartup 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 College of Business and the Blackstone LaunchPad at University of Montana. 

2022 EVENT: APRIL 15

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

Join us on Friday, April 15 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. for the John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge public event. 

To reserve a seat, RSVP on the Griz Hub event page. Admission is free and the live public final is open to the public. Doors open at 4 p.m. and light appetizers and drinks will be provided. The program will run from 5 - 7 p.m. in the ALi Auditorium in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education on the campus of the University of Montana.