For those considering an idea, Accelerate Montana has services to help you explore your idea using Lean Startup methodology.
For University of Montana Affiliates:
The Blackstone LaunchPad at University of Montana (BLP-UM) serves members of the UM community including, but not limited to, students, staff, faculty, and alumni. BLP-UM provides entrepreneurial coaching, ideation, and venture creation support for the UM community. Consultations are free. To make an appointment, register on their website.
For Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders:
The Missoula Regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers tools and guidance to help small businesses succeed. Missoula SBDC serves the greater Missoula regional community and is connected to the national SBDC network. Consultations are free. To make an appointment, register on their website.
For all Rural and Indigenous Communities Statewide:
Accelerate Montana's Rural Innovative Initiative provides entrepreneurial coaching, ideation, and venture creation support for rural and indigenous communitities across Montana. This initiative is one that envisions a Montana in which rural innovators have the support, training, and access to networks and resources they need to create innovative, startup businesses.