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Friday Five: September 6, 2019

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

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!

2. Federal Grant Ready to Help High-tech Companies

Montana State University’s TechLink Center was awarded a federal grant to expand its assistance to technology-related business across Montana. According to the MSU News Service, the U.S. Small Business Administration awarded a Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program grant for $125,000. Montana is one of 24 states to receive a FAST grant.

“Montana State University is dedicated to expanding high-tech development and entrepreneurial opportunities in Montana,” said Brett Cusker, executive director of TechLink in the release. “FAST funding will help more Montana companies focused on high-risk technology successfully compete for important seed capital through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.”

Click here to learn more about this grant.

3. French Farmer Fulfills Lifelong Dream with Wheat Montana Purchase

Wheat Montana, a 6,900-acre working farm near Three Forks, was recently purchased by Franck Groeneweg. According to ABC Fox, Groeneweg grew up on a 500-acre farm 80 miles of Parish, France. When he was 17, he got the chance to work in America.

“This was a dream of mine, to own a beautiful piece of land all in one block,” he said in the story.

Click here to read the full story on Groeneweg and his plans for Wheat Montana.

4. Glo Domes has Missoula Covered: Entrepreneurs Find the Fun in Downsizing

Are you looking to live a downsized life? Consider a Glo Dome from Chirag Patel and Ryan Durate of Glo Domes in Missoula.

Glo Domes are quirky, 1950’s-era geometric dome-shaped structures. They can be used for greenhouses, glamping, or Airbnb getaways.  Interested parties can customize a dome to be as simple or elegant as they want. A model is currently on display at the Southgate Mall in Missoula.

“We can make anything dome-related, including greenhouses,” said Duarte, 37 in a Missoula Current article. “Some will use it for storing hay or heavy equipment like tractors. We specialize in the softshells, but if people are interested in the hard shells, we can do that, too.”

Click here to learn more about Glo Domes.

5. Early Stage Montana Announces September HyperAccelerator Cohort and Statewide Showcase

From Whitefish to Havre to Glendive to Billings, Montana definitely has its share of innovative ideas and driven entrepreneurs. Narrowing them down to only seven available slots was no easy task, but the application pool is growing each round.

These early-stage tech companies will spend five intensive days at the September HyperAccelerator from Sept. 9-13 in Billings, receiving in-depth mentorship and intensive training on what it takes to build and fund a successful business.

Click here to read more!

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