Startup Weekend Butte March 27-29, 2015 – A big success!

Congratulations to our winners!

Item Bounty
Item Bounty

1st Place: Item Bounty | http://www.itembounty.com | https://www.facebook.com/itembounty | @itembounty

  • 1 week pass for each team member to Fountainhead Coworking in Butte

  • 2 weeks of daily coworking passes for each team member to The Shop Helena

  • Two hour team photo shoot on location of choice by ndigena

  • $100 Amazon e-gift card

  • Invest in Success Conference tickets

  • Feature story on Innovate Montana website

  • Meeting with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development

  • Two startup books

Steritite
Steritite

2nd Place: Steritite

  • 1 week of daily coworking passes for each team member to The Shop Helena
  • Team headshots by ndigena
  • $50 Amazon e-gift card
  • Two startup books
Big Sky University
Big Sky University

3rd Place: Big Sky University | https://www.facebook.com/BigSkyU | @bigskyu

  • 1 day coworking pass for each team member to The Shop Helena

  • Team headshots by ndigena

  • $50 Amazon e-gift card

  • One startup book

True Montana
True Montana

Crowd Favorite: True Montana | http://truemontana.co/ | https://www.facebook.com/pages/True-Montana/356804541179471 | @TrueMTpodcast

  • Sticker Mule t-shirts (Thanks Stickermule!)

  • One startup book

Thanks to everyone who made this event a success!

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Keynote Speaker: Martin Butts, Founder at Small Potatoes

  • Mentors/Coaches: Danny Choriki, Janice Copeland, Patrick Dudley, Wayne Gardella, Andrew Gordon, Julie Jaksha, Dan Lloyd, Ray Rogers, Andy Shirtliff, Joe Willauer, Andy Zdinak

  • The Judging Panel: Les Craig, Gary Gannon, Paul Gladen, Dawn McGee, Dev Warren

  • Organizers: 
Adam Benson, Pam Haxby-Cote, Julie Jaksha, Jennifer and Nathan Stephens

  • UP Global Team: Marc Nager, Startup Weekend Butte Facilitator and UP Global CEO; Martha Young, UP Global Executive Associate; Lauren Sauser, UP Global Managing Editor

  • Sponsors: Blackstone LaunchPad Montana, Headwaters RC&D, Butte-Silver Bow, Northwestern Energy, Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Small Business Development Corporation Montana, Montana Food & Agriculture Development Network, Glaicer Bank, Granite Mountain Bank, Lisa Wareham Photography, Fountainhead Coworking, Content Monkeys, Insty-Prints of Butte, KBOW, KOPR, ndigena, Pioneer Technical Services Inc., TicketRiver.com and Yellow8Ball Customs.








Be Inspired To Redefine What Success Is And How You Can Achieve It

Martin-Butts-Small-PotatoesLet me start by saying thank you to the team at Startup Weekend Butte for bringing me out to Montana to share some of my experiences not only starting my own business, but also working with startups all over the country. I know how much work goes into putting events like this on, and the team, as well as Butte as a whole, has made me feel welcome at every turn. Starting a new business can be daunting, and it’s inspiring to see a group of committed individuals doing all they can to support new businesses in their community.

I feel grateful every day that I’ve been able to carve out my own corner of economic sustainability, doing work I love, especially at a time when most metrics were showing that the economy was failing so many people. While big businesses nationwide announce layoffs, cutbacks, and closings one week, and then record profits the next, Americans across the country have been left to fend for themselves in a quickly changing landscape.

And fend for ourselves we have. By starting our own businesses and hiring our neighbors. When the economy left us behind, we’ve built a new economy. An economy where sharing resources is more important than exploiting them. Where experience and a sense of place matter more than finding the cheapest price no matter what the true cost.

As this new economy has emerged, so has a shift in cultural perceptions about the economy. People are realizing that big businesses aren’t the ones creating the majority of jobs in our towns and cities, but that those jobs are being created by small businesses and startups. People are are looking to work with small locally owned businesses because they can see the evidence that doing so is an important part of the solution to improve our communities. We can’t wait around for someone else to solve our problems, and we don’t need to. The solutions are right there in front of us, so long as we have the tools we need to seize them.

Startup Weekend Butte is an opportunity to get an intensive education on the tools needed to take a hold of your future, and I hope that by sharing some of my experiences and trends from the new economy, attendees will be inspired to redefine what success is and how they can achieve it.

I’m looking forward to meeting you all soon. And if you haven’t gotten yourself registered yet, DO IT!


Martin Butts
Local Foods Advocate
Small Potatoes

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