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Friday Five – June 29, 2018

Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurship, the high tech sector and everything else that makes Montana great.

camping near Big Sky, Montana

Camping near Big Sky, MT

1. IronCore raises $1.5 million for cloud privacy and data control platform

IronCore Labs, based in Bozeman and Boulder, announced on Thursday it closed an additional $1.5 million dollars of seed funding. IronCore Labs is a cloud privacy platform.

The round was led by Bozeman’s Next Frontier Capital with participation from Blue Note Ventures, PV Ventures and several others. This round, composed of new and prior investors, brings the total funds raised to $3 million.

You can read more about IronCore Labs here.

2. Montana high school students take part in first summer entrepreneurship program

Nine high school student from across the Treasure State had the opportunity to participate in the first Montana Summer Startup Academy on Montana State University’s campus in Bozeman. The three-day program is a collaborative effort put on by the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, One Montana, and the Blackstone LaunchPad to teach students the basics of entrepreneurship and running a business.

Before the Startup Academy, the college of business put on Entrepreneurship Day. To learn more about the Startup Academy, click here.

3. Former Montana Grizzly Wes Knox finding his passion outside of basketball

When one door closes, another one opens, and that was the case for Dillon native Wes Knox.

Knox was set to attend the University of Montana and pursue his dreams on the hardwood when he broke his ankle right before enrolling in Missoula. After setbacks in Missoula, Knox returned home and landed at Montana Western. But after he was dealt another injury, he returned to Missoula to focus on academics.

This led to Knox pursuing a degree in film, which led to him creating his own media business. To read more about Knox, click here.

4. New brewery in downtown Missoula will use greenhouse gas recovery system

Another brewery has come to Missoula, and Conflux Brewing Company has big plans for the town.

According to an article from the Missoulian, Conflux will have high-end pub food with a Southern twist and an innovative system that recycles the carbon dioxide created in the fermentation process. The brewery parterned with Co Brew Inc. for a CO2 recovery system that will keep thousands of pounds of the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere.

Conflux plans on opening later this summer. Read more about this new brewery here.

5. Glacier offers something for everyone

While Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular National Parks in the country, Montana can boast about another stunning National Park in Northwestern Montana.

Glacier National Park is home to the Going to the Sun Road and Logan Pass. There are a multitude of hiking trails that offer a variety of levels for the new or experienced outdoorsman. If you’re interested in reading more about one Montana’s take on Glacier, click here.

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