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Innovate Montana Symposium
October 14-16, 2019
Copper King Convention Center
Butte, Montana


October 14-16th the fourth annual Innovate Montana Symposium will be making it’s mark in Butte, Montana.  For each of the past four years, INNOVATE has brought together the state’s most sought-after business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and growth strategy experts in one place.  Participants make invaluable networking connections, gain actionable market insights, and save countless hours that would be spent driving across Montana to meet these people.
This year’s Symposium reflects Montana’s growing attraction for the nation’s fastest growing companies.  Keynotes and featured speakers include the CEO of ClassPass, and VPs from Slack and WeWork, Tracy Crane, CMO of MeatEater, Bonnie Matosich of Submittable, Mary Stranahan, Founder of Goodworks Ventures, and Jusitn Bigart, Founder of Wisetail.
The full agenda is posted on the registration page:
These three days in October will be invaluable to anyone starting a venture, growing a business, or taking a role in directing our state’s economic growth.  It’s also a great opportunity for anyone looking for the knowledge and skills to innovate a business from within and advance their career.
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Let's dive into some concentrated topics over lunch at Innovate! October 16th we will break out into "Food for Thought" Lunch sessions with conversation hosts from ATGOracleMontana Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentMontana Governor's Office of Outdoor RecreationThrive Inc.Butte Local Development Corporation (BLDC), and Butte Montana SBDC!

We will be sending out RSVP's for each topic on Monday to registered attendees. Register now:
On October 16th, we will be joined on the main stage by these 5 incredible Montana founders for a new addition to the Innovate Montana Symposium: Pecha Kucha- styled presentations.  

The "Founders Series" will feature stories of origin from a diverse set of industries. The speakers include Ryan Hansen, Founder and CEO of LumenAd; Heidi Drivdahl, Founder and CEO of EcoMontana; Jon Wick, Founder and Owner of 5518 Designs; Spencer Williams, Founder and CEO of West Paw; and Mary Stranahan, Founder of Goodworks Ventures
View Agenda & Register today!
Have you checked out our Buzz Sessions? Our packed agenda is filled with opportunities for you and your business to grow.
Learn more:
Courtney McKee, CEO of Headframe Spirits will be leading this thoughtful conversation on "Affecting Change Through Purpose-Driven Companies" with Spencer Williams, CEO of WEST PAW, Heidi Drivdahl, CEM of EcoMontana, and Maurika Moore, CEO of Hestia Home Advantage.

Dozens of Montana’s top startups applied, and these five will be taking the stage at this year’s Innovate Montana Symposium SHARK PITCH to compete for the grand prize.

Winner will take home $10,000 worth of cash, prizes, and services from Anderson ZurMuehlen Technology ServicesAnderson ZurMuehlen & Co., P.C.The Wendt AgencyMicrosoft, and Montana Department of Administration/GSD!

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Begin the week of the 2019 Innovate Montana Symposium with a behind-the-scenes look at some of Butte's most innovative businesses and organizations. From 1-4pm on October 14th, we will be providing separate tours to nearby areas that will highlight some of Butte's most fascinating businesses and will feature tours to places such as Montana Connections Business Development Park, Uptown Butte, and a Mining/Environmental Engineering Tour.

Shuttles and buses will leave from the Copper King Hotel. Spots are limited and registration is required. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required for tours to Montana Resources and Montana Precision Products.

**Additional tours highlighted businesses, and information may be added and times for each stop are subject to change. Email Cassandra at for any questions.
RSVP for Butte Tours

Montana Ambassadors Annual Dinner & Awards Celebration

Please join us in Butte, America on Monday, October 14 to celebrate the 2018-2019 Montana Ambassador Award Winners.  


Doors open at 5 p.m. for reception
Dinner served at 6 p.m. and Awards Presentation
Copper King Convention Center
4655 Harrison Ave, Butte, MT  59701


Dinner tickets $50, please purchase ticket in advance. Tickets are available now, sign up today!

The Montana Ambassadors is a volunteer, not-for-profit association made up of passionate people dedicated to living and doing business in Montana. Our members act as official Ambassadors of the State of Montana, both in and out of state, and represent the Office of the Governor and the Department of Commerce. Ambassadors are predominantly leaders in business and education, as well as many other professions, and we are always looking to add new members to help us further the best interests of Montana.

Montana Ambassador Goals:

  1. Build business opportunities for Montana whether through business expansion, retention or recruitment efforts.
  2. Assist the Governor in developing out-of-state Ambassadors who can serve as a voice for Montana in other states.
  3. Assist in developing and exploring business options and opportunities for Montana.
  4. Develop relationships with educational institutions, agencies and systems that foster the Governor’s vision of economic vitality of Montana’s workforce and quality of life for its citizens.
RSVP for the Montana Ambassadors Dinner
As an increasing number of jobs are relegated to robotics, what is the future of work? Will employment become obsolete and, with its predicted scarcity, where will the majority of the population find meaning and the financial resources necessary to realize that meaning once found? In partnership with the Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development and the 2019 Innovate Montana Symposium, I Am Interchange is proud to present The Future of Work Xchange event on October 16th at the Covellite Theatre in Butte, Montana. 

Join an esteemed panel of guests in this controversial and intriguing dialogue. Doors open at 6 pm for a light social and the event slated to begin at 6:30. 

Innovate Montana Symposium attendees who wish to attend must register online for their free ticket.

RSVP for the Future of Work
We are taking networking to a whole other level at INNOVATE this year.

Join us for our "Back to the Future" themed after-party on October 15th. A DeLorean will be there too! It might not take you to the future, but it will definitely remind you of the past.
Here's a sneak peak of Innovate Montana from 2016!

Butte's Champions of Change - BLDC Platinum Sponsors

The Butte Local Development Corporation proudly thanks our Platinum Sponsors! Their investment in Butte highlights their passion for Butte's economic development. They are true champions of change in our community.
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