Startup culture in Montana is growing by leaps and bounds. Recently, the Billings Gazette, one of Montana’s premier newspapers, featured an article on research findings from the Kauffman Foundation. The topic? How Montana has the greatest amount of startups per capita. Over 6,500 began in Montana just last year.
The tech scene in our beautiful state continues to grow and provide high-quality jobs. The combination of a pristine environment, a driven, self-sufficient population and access to a world-class business education make Montana an ideal place for startups to flourish.
Here's an excerpt:
Billings native Andrew Hull left RightNow in 2011 to launch his own company, Elixiter, a firm that specializes in the growing field of marketing automation. Hull said Elixiter works within the business-to-business realm, helping companies sell to other companies.
He hired his first employee in 2011, but Elixiter has grown to 30 employees since then.
Elixiter doesn’t necessarily hire tech geeks, Hull said. “We take people who are smart business people and marketers who we can train on a lot of technology. We have a four-month training program.”
Hull said Montana has proven to be a friendly place to do business. Elixiter recently received a workforce training grant that helped him in hiring more people.
“We can do world-class marketing automation from Bozeman and not be on a plane every week.” Hull said.
Read the full article here.