Want to Pitch?




For college students across the state of Montana, the John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge is the best platform and opportunity to pitch your business. As the largest business competition in the state, it provides young entrepreneurs with a chance to win part of $50,000 to invest in their business, a knowledgable and experienced coach to refine and critique ideas, and an opportunity to network with venture capitalists, early-stage investors, investment bankers, economic developers, corporate executives, and successful entrepreneurs. Teams will also have the opportunity to present to over 250 business professionals and community leaders who will attend the public finals.

Up to 12 teams will be selected and invited to compete in the 32nd annual John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge to be held on October 8, 2021.   


Learn more about the JRBSC or check out the Submission Requirements & Deadlines page.


EPIC Pitch

The University of Montana EPIC Pitch Competition is run by the College of Business and the Blackstone LaunchPad. The competition is open to all students of the University of Montana including Missoula College, regardless of year or major. 

The pitch competition will offer $2,500 in prize money as follows

  • Overall winner: $1,500 
  • Most exciting Startup idea: $500
  • Most compelling live presentation: $500

All ideas pitched in the competition will be encouraged to proceed on to the John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge. Every year the competition awards over $50,000 in prize money. The team that wins the EPIC Pitch Competition will receive guaranteed entry into the JRBSC Competition.

More info on Epic Pitch HERE!