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Friday Five: September 27, 2019

Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurs and other great events going on in Montana!

Pheasant hunting, Central Montana

1. Flathead Neuroscience Researchers Awarded $1.4M Grant

This week a Flathead neuroscience company received a $1.4 million Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institute of Health.

Expesicor was awarded this grant for its “cutting edge research on treating and preventing neurological disorders and traumatic brain injuries,” according to the Daily Interlake. The company will receive $343,042 over the first year of the grant and upon approval will receive the rest of the grant over three years. Two Bear Capital, a venture capital firm based in Whitefish, also made an investment in the company.

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Friday Five: Sept. 20, 2019

View of Missoula from Mount Sentinel, in Missoula, Montana.

Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurs and other great events going on in Montana!

1. Three Billings Companies Make List of Montana Startups to Watch

Recently, three Billings-based companies were named to the Montana High Tech Business Alliances’ list of “2019 Startups to Watch.”

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Friday Five: September 6, 2019

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Missouri River near Ulm, Central Montana

Missouri River near Ulm, Central Montana

1. Montana High Tech Business Alliance Releases Startups To Watch List

Are you looking for a high-tech job in Montana, but you don’t know where to start? Consider checking out the Montana High Tech Business Alliance’s Montana Startups to Watch 2019!

The 2019 list includes 11 companies across Montana. The High Tech Business Alliance worked with experts at Next Frontier Capital, Frontier Angels, the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, MSU Blackstone  LaunchPad, and UM Blackstone  LaunchPad for nominations. Companies must have been five years old or younger and fit two additional pieces of criteria.

Do you want to know who the companies are? Click here to find out!

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Friday Five: August 30, 2019

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Dusan Smetana; Guest Photographer - Upland bird hunter and dog in eastern Montana

1. Alaska Airlines to Launch Daily Nonstop Service from Missoula to LAX

On Wednesday, Alaska Airlines announced plans to extend its service across the Pacific Northwest with eight new flights out of Missoula.

One of the new flights will be a daily nonstop flight from Missoula to Los Angeles. The fight is set to begin on March 19. According to the Missoula Current, LAX represents the fourth largest market for Missoula travels, but it has lacked nonstop, year-round service until now.

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Friday Five: May 24, 2019

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Little girl kayaking on Whitefish Lake

1. Figure Technologies in Helena Luring Engineers to Montana

A Helena startup company is attracting attention in the high tech world as it continues to draw eyes to Montana.

Figure Technologies was founded by Mike Cagney, a former co-founder and CEO of SoFi. Figure is focused on home equity. According to the Helena Independent Record, the company sells products that allow customers quick, low-cost access to the equity in their homes. The company’s success is due to its use of blockchain technology, which is a growing list of information that is linked using cryptography.

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Friday Five: May 3, 2019

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Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Southeast Montana

1. Missoula Startup GatherBoard Launches New App, Set to Enter New Markets

GatherBoard’s new app will allow the Missoula company to venture into new markets and make the user experience more friendly.

The new app creates a targeted audience for users hosting events on the platform. It allows users to curate their own personal feed and sets preferences for different locations that use the service. Users can also integrate with other apps on their mobile device.

“Now, because there are these curated views that people can choose for their home board, and just see what they want to see but still access everything, it will make a huge city’s calendar much more personal for the end user,” said Molly Bradford, a co-founder a CEO of GatherBoard in a Missoula Current article. “It’s helping us expand our market share, and make it a more personal experience.”

To learn more about GatherBoard, click here.

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Friday Five: April 12, 2019

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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.

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Friday Five: April 5, 2019

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1. iResponse Receives American Indian Business of the Year Award

On Monday, a Rocky Boy business that helps tribes preserve and protect tribal lands received a national award.

iResponse was awarded the American Business of the Year Award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, an American Indian business and economic development organization.  The award was presented Monday during the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s Reservation Economic Success. According to CEO Alvin Windy Boy, Sr., iResponse is an online resource tribal communities can use to identify historic and sacred lands to prevent them being damaged or destroyed by construction.

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Friday Five: March 29, 2019

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Saint Mary Lake

Saint Mary Lake, Glacier NP

1. Outdoor Tourism and Marketing Technology Company, TOMIS, Looks to Expand Services, Hirings in Missoula

After spending several years in Silicon Valley learning about the high tech world, Evan Tipton returned to Missoula to found TOMIS (Tour Operator Marketing Intelligence Software). From the beginning, TOMIS has taken off and the company was named a High Growth Company to watch by the Montana High Tech Business Alliance. Now, it’s looking to continue its upward momentum in 2019.

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Friday Five: March 22, 2019

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Snow Buntings in Rocky Mountains

Snow Buntings outside Three Forks, MT

 

1. 5 Things to Try at Great Falls’ New Vietnamese Restaurant Pho Vi Tai

Recently, a couple in Great Falls opened a Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Vi Tai, named after their son.  The result is located at 3212 10th Ave. South, east of Super 1 Foods. Carol Tran and Don Pham, the owners, have been in Great Falls for four months. In an article from the Great Falls Tribune, the couple said they saw possibility in Great Falls.

So what were five dishes the restaurant recommends? Click here to find out!

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