What is this?

The Last Best Startup Competition is open to all 2019 Last Best Conference ticket-holders. From new products and inventions to social entrepreneurship ventures, the challenge invites all ideas for submission. The Last Best Startup Competition is sponsored by

Cascadia Business Development. Their team along with our esteemed panel of judges, will determine the winner who receives:

  • A 3 hour strategic growth consultation with Cascadia Business Development (a $2500 value)

    • Cascadia Business Development specializes in working with businesses that are experiencing growth challenges due to working with insufficient systems. They are experts at diagnosing challenges and helping to implement change.

  • A 1.5 hour consultation with SOVA Partner's Law Firm

    • Sova Partners has three main areas of expertise: legal, strategy, and creative. They help entrepreneurs with mergers and acquisitions all the way to developing pitch decks.

  • A 2 hour strategic growth session from University of Montana’s Blackstone LaunchPad powered by TechStars.

    • Blackstone LaunchPad powered by TechStars helps the UM community consider entrepreneurship as a viable career path. Using the latest lean startup methodologies, they easily help entrepreneurs create strategies to start and grow organizations.

  • A $500 Micro Grant compliments of Cascadia Business Development.

Submission Requirements

  • Please see our detailed written submission contents guidelines page.

  • Written submission should be a maximum of 5 pages, using Arial 11 point font, double spaced.

  • You may attach up to two additional pages of images/diagrams, up to two pages of additional financial information and operational metrics, as well as a copy of your Business Model Canvas.

  • We recognize that you are developing and evolving your business model and will likely have significant unknowns that you are in the process of evaluating. Where appropriate, indicate your assumption or best guess for the relevant part of your business model.

Application Submission Link

Important Dates

Submission DeadlineMay 27th, 2019 @ 12:00 am //

Announcement of Teams Accepted for the CompetitionMay 28th, 2019 //

Who Qualifies to Participate

To qualify to enter to enter the pitch competition, entrepreneurs must be:

  • Current Last Best Conference 2019 ticket-holders.

  • Have an idea or an early-stage startup (must have sales between $0 and $250,000).

  • Ideas should make our community, state, or world a better place.