University of Montana's John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition 2011


Competition Organizer

University of Montana School of Business Administration and the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
Who's Eligible

Open to all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in colleges and universities located in the state of Montana during the current academic year. 

The competition is for new, independent ventures in the seed, start-up, or early growth stages.
Important Dates

Business plans and submission materials are due on April 27, 2011. 15 teams selected to advance to the final business plan competition will be announced on May 2, 2011. An elevator pitch round, semifinalist round, and finalist round will all take place at the final event on May 12, 2011.

Competition Prizes

In 2010, a total of $30,000 in cash and prizes was awarded.

Other Info

The competition allows students to compete in one of two divisions - High Growth Potential Ventures and Lifestyle Businesses.