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Innovate Montana Symposium Invitation for Early-Stage Businesses

July 12, 2018View for printing

As you all know, the Innovate Montana Symposium has been very well received for the last two years - even called "life changing" by several attendees. This event was a direct result of the recommendations received from the private sector during the Main Street Montana Project. Through feedback gathered in the last several years, we've refined the event and are happy to announce ticket sales to the 2018 Innovate Montana Symposium. This year, the event will be focused entirely on providing tangible value and actionable information for early-stage companies.

This one-day event will be held in Billings at the Doubletree Downtown on August 9th. Starting at 9am, Chris Abele will kick off the day with a keynote presentation that will cover his career as a business person, venture capitalist and public servant. This will be followed by a panel discussing the future of workforce in the state and how the trends we're seeing will impact small business. After a group lunch, we'll split the audience into two groups - one called Launch for brand new companies (or those who haven't even launched yet), and one called Grow for companies that are 1-5 years old and are ready to think about how to scale up their operations. The panels are packed with some of the top business people in the state, who are ready to get deep on how to be successful and avoid pitfalls.

The Innovate Montana Symposium will be the most valuable event that an early stage company could attend in the state of Montana. We're opening registration for curated attendees only for the remainder of the week, after which the rest of the tickets will be available to the public. This event will sell out. Please get tickets no later than Friday, the 13th to ensure a slot. Tickets may be purchased here: and a block of rooms is available at the Doubletree Downtown in Billings.

Thanks and see you in Billings!

Ken Fichtler

Chief Business Development Officer

Governor's Office of Economic Development

State of Montana


Office: (406) 444-5470

Mobile: (406) 600-3595
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