Time to plant… your tech company

Many of us have seen the accolades given to Montana’s startup ecosystem like the recent Motley Fool post “Top 10 Best States to Start Your Small Business in 2021” and Kauffman’s Index of Entrepreneurial Activity which ranked Montana as having the highest entrepreneurial rate of all states.

Yeah, we know. Nice of you to notice.

So what is it about Montana?

From my pandemic-travel-restricted base here in Bozeman on the campus of Montana State University, I know the tech scene is strong. 

There’s a lot of intellectual property in the air here and in other university and college towns; researchers and graduates looking to spin out new companies.

But, that isn’t the only thing that makes for a great place to build your new tech company.  

One important aspect of where you plant your new company is the growth mindset of the community. While I love a university town, these don’t have a monopoly on growth … or tech.

Grit, resourcefulness, innovation… you’ll find these qualities in abundance across the state. And, you’ll find brilliant people in each of these areas dedicated to helping you with the important start-up issues you’ll face.

Here are some resources from our partners as you consider where to plant your new tech startup:

  • Check out the “Better off in Billings” Week starting April 19 sponsored by Big Sky Economic Development Authority. This series will showcase talent, workforce, and education alignment that makes Billings an attractive startup locale.
  • The Montana High Tech Business Alliance featured Great Falls and Helenaearlier this year. (They also shined the light on Bozeman last summer too.)
  • Tap into our Partner Spotlight below for additional regional and national partner events.

Kalispell, Whitefish, Polson, Hamilton, Red Lodge, Miles City, Laurel, Colstrip… these may be just the right place to grow your company. I know I’m leaving some great areas out…the point is to think again about where your company will grow best. There may be more options than you realize. Let me know if you need an intro to any of our partners in these areas.



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