University of Montana's John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition 2012


Competition Organizer

University of Montana School of Business Administration

Local US Event
Missoula, MT
Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


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 in the state of Montana. Each team must consist of one undergraduate or graduate student. Non-students may participate in the planning of the venture but only students may present the business plan. 

Important Dates

The deadline to submit written business plans is April 25, 2012. The teams accepted into the competition will be announced on April 30, 2012. All 15 teams will arrive on the University of Montana campus on May 10, 2012 to participate in the events of the competition: Elevator pitch, Semifinal round, Wildcard round, and Final round. 

Competition Prizes

In the High Growth Division, cash prizes will range from a $2,000 3rd place prize to a $8,000 1st place prize. In the Lifestyle Division, a $3,000 1st place prize and a $1,000 2nd place prize will be awarded. Prizes will also be given in the Wildcard round and Elevator Pitch. Last year, the prize pool totaled $30,000.

Other Info

Student teams may choose to compete in the High Growth Potential division or the Lifestyle Business Division.