UM announces winners of business plan competition

The University of Montana School of Business Administration and the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs (MADE) recently announced the winners of the 23rd Annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition, held May 10 in UM’s Gallagher Business Building.

The top award went to UM business school MBA candidate and Montana native Charles Bateman for his business plan for Never Miss. His company provides an online tool to manage special-permit hunting applications for big-game hunters in North America. The subscription service guarantees hunters “never miss” an application deadline and provides options for financing to enable clients to increase the number of applications they submit, increasing their odds of drawing a tag.

During the 14-hour competition, an event designed to encourage Montana students to develop their business ideas and learn about entrepreneurship from business experts, 15 student teams competed in the semifinal round and four teams moved onto the final round to present their business plans to a panel of 26 judges and an audience of close to 250.

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