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Friday Five: April 12, 2019

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

Fly Fishing in Avalanche Lake

1.  How to Build an Investor Pipeline and Raise a Seed Round— a Step-by-Step Guide

In 2016, Montana startups were able to attract $45.7 million in capital in 2016. But do you know how to attract the right investors to raise money to make your dream come true? Fletcher Richman is here to help you out.

Over the past four years, Richman has been involved in 90-plus Seed rounds. Recently, he helped raise a $2.6 million Seed round for Halp which was led by Matchstick Ventures with partnership from Next Frontier Capital, a Bozeman-based company.

Check out his list of seven tips on how to start your investor pipeline and raise a Seed round to take your dreams out of the garage today. Click here to read more.

2. Butte Apparel Company Specializes in Montana Pride

Are you looking for Montana or, more specifically, Butte-themed apparel? Consider checking out Underground Clothing Co. in Butte.

The company, which has operated since December 2017, is run by the husband and wife duo of Shelby and Robert Carver. The apparel, which is printed with in-house designs, captures everything from Butte’s popular headframes to iconic buffalo outlines. The company prints on T-shirts, hoodies, tanks, hats and more.

“My husband and I talked so much about how we’ve lost so many stores in town,” said Shelby Carver in a Montana Standard article. “(So) we really just wanted to have clothes that were in town that we wanted to wear.”

Click here to read more about this Butte business.

3. My Dad’s Three Decades of Academic Telecommuting

George Masnick, a senior research fellow with the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, has telecommuted from Montana since 1987. How did Masnick make it work and why did he decide to telecommute from Montana?

You can learn how by clicking here to read more about Masnick’s telecommuting adventures from Hamilton.

4. Stevensville Freshman Off to Business Professionals of America National Competition

A Stevensville high school freshman was one of the many Montana students who qualified for a spot at the Business Professionals of America  Nationals competition in May in California.

RJ Lindsay competed at the Montana Association of Business Professionals of America (BPA) in Billings this past March. He competed in the open session of Computer Programming Concepts. He placed eighth out of 120 competitors, which earned him a spot to advance to nationals.

“I was excited to learn that I was able to compete at Nationals after placing eighth out of 120 students,” Lindsay said in a Ravalli Republic article. “I enjoyed meeting other chapter members and I was motivated to stay with BPA and even looking at other events that I could compete in next year.”

You can learn more about Lindsay and his trip to California by clicking here.

5. Column: Bottom Bouncing for Bass

Rob Breeding, the editor of Montana Hook and Bullet News, wrote a guest column this week for the Flathead Beacon.

In his column, Breeding talks about his springtime pursuit of bass fishing. To read more about his adventures, click here.

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