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Superior Traffic Services, Sellout Crowned Early Stage MT Winners

2018 Early Stage MT winners

2018 Early Stage MT winners

After months of refining their business plans and pitches, Sellout from Bozeman and Superior Traffic Services from Missoula tied for first and were named the 2018 Early Stage MT winners on Saturday.

“It feels pretty amazing to have won Early Stage MT,” said Joel Martin, one of the founders of Sellout. “We have been struggling to figure out how to pitch this product the best way for the last couple of months ever since the accelerator ended. For it to finally come together this week and to bring it to the stage, we were so nervous for the presentation. But it’s gratifying to have won and to have done this whole process with the amazing core we have.”

Both of the Early Stage MT winners will receive $25,000 and have the opportunity to present at the Frontier Angels meeting in October. Alosant from Bozeman finished third overall and will also present to the Frontier Angels, a Montana based angel fund group. The other businesses that participated in the Early Stage MT showcase included Elation, WebBuy, Elebase and Cardsetter.

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Friday Five: Sept. 21, 2018

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

Pheasant hunting, Central Montana

1. Montana Made: Rusty Lathe Wood Design

What started out as a hobby has now turned into a successful side job for Daniel Escobedo. After Escobedo received a lathe for a Christmas present in 2015, he soon began experimenting with the craft. He experimented with bowls, cups and eventually began making pens.

Escobedo soon began selling his products online and at the Farmers Market in Great Falls. Now, he makes a variety of products including razors, seam rippers and brushes.

Click here to watch the full video.

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Friday Five: Sept. 7, 2018

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

elk running across prairie

1. Missoula-based Tech Company onX Names Former Amazon Exec as CEO

Laura Orvidas, the former vice president of Consumer Electronics at Amazon, was named the new CEO of onX in June. Eric Siegfried will remain onboard as founder and will continue work to enhance the off-pavement location experience. He will also lead advocacy efforts for public lands and access.

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Friday Five: August 31, 2018

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

grain elevator near loma montana

Grain Elevator near Loma, MT

1. Why Montana Is an Incubator for Fast-Growing Tech Companies

In a Montana Public Radio interview, Christina Henderson (the executive director of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance) chatted about what enticed so many companies to start or relocate in Montana. She also spoke about how the alliance plans to continue helping start-ups and other businesses.

Click here to listen and learn about the new Montana tech boom, how technology has changed company culture, and the broad variety of jobs the tech industry has to offer.

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