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Butte, Montana Hosts Startup Weekend

Sign up to build entrepreneurial skills, network, and launch successful startups. Featuring Facilitator Marc Nager, CEO UP Global Keynote Speaker Martin Butts, Local Food Advocate, Small Potatoes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Event Name: Startup Weekend Butte
Event Date: March 27 – 29, 2015
Event Times: March 27, 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.;
March 28, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and March 29, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Event Location: Thornton Building, 65 E. Broadway, Butte, MT 59701
Contact: Pam Haxby-Cote or Adam Benson
Phone Number: 406.533.6781
Email Address: butte@startupweekend.org 
Web Site Address: http://www.butte.up.co/

What’s happening and who’s it for?

Startup Weekend Butte is happening March 27-29, 2015, and will be the first event of its kind in Southwest Montana.

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.

UP Global currently powers Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Next, Education Entrepreneurs, and more. Entrepreneurship is something that can be both taught and learned, and UP Global is on a mission to ensure the world takes advantage of that.

Startup Weekend Butte kicks-off with a keynote address from foods advocate Martin Butts, founder of Small Potatoes. Small Potatoes is a New York-based boutique consulting firm specializing in working with food businesses of all kinds. Butts specifically focuses on developing fair and sustainable food systems that support independent businesses and healthier communities, and has worked with a variety of “foodrepreneurs” helping them turn their product ideas into businesses. He has spoken at conferences and summits around the country, including at TEDxUtica in October 2013. He has also spoken at universities, community centers, grocery stores, private homes, city parks, and on stairways and wooden crates.

Alongside members from the local tech and entrepreneur communities, Startup Weekend Butte will welcome students from Montana University System’s Blackstone LaunchPad’s at the University of Montana and Montana State University. 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. Organizers intend the event to be a catalyst for the Butte and southwest Montana entrepreneurial community.

“Southwest Montana folks are entrepreneurial by nature… Startup Weekend Butte provides our local entrepreneurs with the opportunity to network, pitch their ideas, build teams, ideate and curate and launch a business– all in 54 hours,” Pam Haxby-Cote, Regional Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad Montana program, said.

Startup Weekend Butte is also excited to announce that the facilitator for the weekend is UP Global CEO Marc Nager. UP Global exists to empower startup community leaders and the entrepreneurs they serve worldwide. With a platform offering action-based learning programs, resources, and networks for entrepreneurs and leaders, UP Global aims to be the leading organization furthering human welfare through entrepreneurship.

Why attend a Startup Weekend event?

  • Education — learn by doing.
  • Build your network — meet talented entrepreneurs.
  • Find cofounder(s)
  • Learn a new skill — flex your technical and business muscle.
  • Get facetime with thought leaders — local leaders on tap.
  • Join a global community ­of 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 http://startupweekend.org/about/)

When and where is it?

The detailed Startup Weekend Butte 2015 Schedule can be found online at http://www.butte.up.co. The general hours of the event are Friday, March 27, 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 28, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and Sunday, March 29, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. It will be held at the Thornton Building, 65 E. Broadway.

How can I sign up?

Interested parties can click on the “Startup Weekend Butte” link at the main website, then either of the “Buy Tickets” buttons on the event page to sign up: http://www.butte.up.co Students tickets are offered at a discounted price and are limited. Contact event organizers for the student discount code. Registration includes all meals and caffeine. 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 Montana, Headwaters RC&D, Butte-Silver Bow, Northwestern Energy, Glacier Bank, Granite Mountain Bank, Montana Food & Agriculture Development Network, Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development, America’s Small Business Development Corporation Montana (SBDCMT), Lisa Wareham Photography, Content Monkeys, Fountainhead Coworking, Insty-Prints of Butte, KBOW, KOPR, ndigena, Pioneer Technical Services, TicketRiver.com and Yellow8Ball Customs.

Sponsorship opportunities still available, please contact us.

ABOUT STARTUP WEEKEND:

Startup Weekend is a program of UP Global along with Startup Next, Startup Digest and Education Entrepreneurs. UP Global is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities around the world and in partnership with over 60 leaders and corporations including Google for Entrepreneurs, CocaCola, Amazon Web Services and the Case Foundation. Read UP Global’s White Paper on, ” Fostering A Thriving Startup Ecosystem

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Parking for Startup Weekend Billings at Rocky Mountain College

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Front entrance to Losecamp Hall at RMC. From the Poly Drive parking lot.

Parking for Startup Weekend should be simple. From Rimrock Road, the nearest lots are the ones on either side of the Billings Studio Theater. While the one east of the theater is closer, there is no cleared sidewalk connecting the parking lot to the campus sidewalks. So the preferred parking lock is the RMC lot west of the theater. The sidewalk heading south (next to the theater) takes you to the Student Center and Losecamp Hall is the next building to the east.

From Poly Drive, take the eastern most entrance (there are two side by side in the middle of the campus). This takes you to the dormitory parkParking at Rockying lot which is directly in front of Losecamp Hall. Attached is a map Parking at Rocky in pdf format and a picture of the front of Losecamp Hall.

You will not need a parking sticker for the weekend. If for some reason you do get a parking ticket, give it to one of the organizers.








Awards for SW Billings include a ticket to Billings Chamber Breakfast 2015 with Shark Tank's Daymon John

ABC Shark Tank’s Daymond John Headlines the Billings Chamber Breakfast 2015Winners of the Startup Weekend Billings competition will receive prizes that include a wide array of services relevant to a startup.  

One special prize will be a single ticket to The Billings Chamber Breakfast 2015 which will feature Daymon John from ABC’s Shark Tank as the keynote speaker.  This is the Chamber’s largest annual event. It will be held Thursday, April 2, 2015 at MetraPark.








Save the Date: Startup Weekend Great Falls May 15-17 2015

Save the Date!

The 1st Startup Weekend event in North Central Montana, Startup Weekend Great Falls, has been scheduled for May 15 – 17, 2015!  Mark your calendars and watch for further information.

Startup Weekend Great Falls
May 15th – 17th, 2015

University of Great Falls

Interested in volunteering, coaching, mentoring, judging or participating? email Jeff or Erin at greatfalls@startupweekend.org

Jeff Mangan & Erin Townsend

Startup Weekend Great Falls

 








Contractor Communication Platform Contractor Sherpa Takes First Place in Missoula

Thank you to everyone who attended Startup Weekend Missoula 2014. From the organizers, to the coaches and judges everyone was impressed with the energy and ideas that you brought to the event. We look forward to many more successful Startup Weekend Missoula’s to come.

Startup Weekend Missoula 2014
Startup Weekend Missoula 2014

Congratulations 2014 Winners!

1st Place - Contractor Sherpa
1st Place – Contractor Sherpa renamed Construction Vault

1st Place: Contractor Sherpa originally provided a platform for homeowners and contractors to communicate on projects. Renamed Construction Vault in 2015 and pivoted to a platform to easily send estimates, invoices and receive payments for construction work.

2nd Place - TampOut
2nd Place – TampOut

2nd Place: TampOut is an organization that uplifts women educationally and economically, providing menstrual products to women and girls around the world who wouldn’t have access to them otherwise.

3rd Place - Cheeso
3rd Place – Cheeso

3rd Place: Cheeso is an autonomous robot that captures smiling faces to promote happiness around the world. Making memories effortless.








Recruiting: Find Your Next Employee At Startup Weekend

The traditional hiring process can be long and tedious and provide only a glimpse into a potential employee’s character. Recruiting new employees from Startup Weekend provides an opportunity for employers to locate quality candidates from a self-selected pool of individuals hungry for opportunity and often willing to start from the bottom. Whether you are participating in Startup Weekend as a registrant, coach, or volunteer; you will witness your potential employee’s expert skills in action as well as see how well they work in a group and how productive they are under pressure.

Fargo, North Dakota’s 2013 Startup Weekend gave startup Simply Made Apps the shot in the arm it needed to move to the next level and they wound up hiring two of their Startup Weekend team members into the company. Brooke Allen, a securities industry proprietary trader and hedge fund manager, took his top four candidates for assistant to Startup Weekend to see how they performed under pressure, then hired the best one. Allen advises to, “go beyond thinking of Startup Weekend as a place to launch a project but also a great place to troll for employees and jobs.” Locally, GCS has found an intern as a result of Startup Weekend Missoula 2013. GCS President and Founder, Alex Philp said, “GCS is honored to be a sponsor of Startup Weekend. Based upon our experience with Startup Weekend last year we see this as a great way of identifying Missoula’s best and brightest, supporting the launch of other high tech businesses, and helping to grow Missoula’s big data community.”

By engaging with coaches and teams of varying talents and backgrounds you can compare and calculate the benefits of various potential employees all weekend. Even though many of the participants have a goal of launching their own startup, other attendees go to Startup Weekend for the networking opportunities and to help out their team wherever needed. Whether you are in the market for a talented employee or your future co-founder, you are sure to find an abundance of prospects at Startup Weekend that, in an economy that is saturated with budding startups, have the talent and ambition that will make your company the 1 in 4 to succeed.

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Guest Post by

Alex PhilpAlex Philp

Founder and VP of Business Development, Adelos Inc.

Alex Philp, Ph.D. is the founder of various advanced technology companies in Missoula, Montana, including GCS, Adelos and, most recently, TerraEchos. Currently serving as the Founder and President of GCS, Alex launched GCS as a spinout from NASA funded research and development in advanced geospatial information technology at The University of Montana. Dr. Philp received his Masters and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Montana, combining interests in history, geography, ecology, and geospatial IT into comprehensive examinations of historical landscapes and how and why they change over time. Prior to attending the University of Montana where Alex currently serves as a Faculty Affiliate in the Dept. of Geography and the School of Business, he worked for the Lewis and Clark National Forest and as a Park Ranger in Glacier National Park. Alex’s undergraduate degrees were in Philosophy and History from Seattle University, graduating as a life long member of the National Jesuit Honor Society with a public commitment to scholarship, loyalty, and service. In addition to his service work in recognizing and rewarding excellence in student scholarship, Alex serves as a board member at Providence Western Montana Health Care System, The University of Montana School of Business Administration Advisory Board, and as an IBM Champion, evangelizing, lecturing, and speaking about advanced technology and interdisciplinary topics. Alex and his family reside in Missoula, Montana.








KIND Snacks Come To Startup Weekend Missoula

From the healthy snacks and foods we make, to our commitment to social entrepreneurship with impact, our focus is on making the world a little kinder, one act at a time. Our message of holistic kindness has been the foundation of KIND since day one, and continues each time we create a new snack or introduce a new social initiative. One simple, foundational belief underpins it all: There’s more to business than just profit.

It’s why we started the KIND Movement, why we believe the easier we make it for our community to surprise others with unexpected acts of kindness, the kinder our world will become. Big act or small, we encourage it – from writing a letter to someone who inspired you to planting thousands of trees to simply taking the time to say “thank you.”

Kind just launched a program that we are proud to share with you. Each month we are funding an idea that will help inspire kindness. This is open-submission so anyone can submit – winners are selected monthly by a public voting system.

Check out our site here and watch the video: kindsnacks.com You can submit an idea today.








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

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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: missoula@startupweekend.org
Website Address: http://missoula.startupweekend.org

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 http://startupweekend.org/about/)

When and where is it?

The detailed Startup Weekend Missoula 2014 Schedule can be found online at http://missoula.startupweekend.org/. 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: http://missoula.startupweekend.org/ 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; MissoulaEvents.net;  Boyle, Deveny, and Meyer, PC; Wilma Condo; Dorsey & Whitney, LLP;  Submittable.com; Frontier Angel Fund, LLC; Market on Front; moo.com; PickFu.com; and TicketPrinting.com.

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.