Kauffman Launch video reveals the surprising truth of entrepreneurship in Montana

January 25, 2018 Laura Kirkland


A New Frontier: Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana” is the first major study of entrepreneurship in Montana, funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Kauffman Index has ranked Montana the #1 state for startup activity for four straight years, and this case study helps explain why. Based on 42 first-person interviews with Montana entrepreneurs and support organizations, surveys, and public data, the report sheds new light on Montana’s ecosystem – our high level of entrepreneurship, dense networks of support, global businesses, high quality workforce, and high quality of life.

This video features interviews with MHTBA Executive Director Christina Henderson, researcher and professor Yasuyuki Motoyama, Blackfoot VP for Strategic Development Joe Fanguy, Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply CIO and MHTBA Board Chair Lance Tinseth, UM Blackstone LaunchPad Director Paul Gladen, ATG Senior VP of Strategy and Corporate Development Tom Stergios, Elixiter Founder and President Andrew Hull, and Audience Awards Founder and CEO and MHTBA Board Member Paige Williams.

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Laura Kirkland

As Elixiter's Marketing Manager, Laura focuses her creative talents on making sure the team's marketing programs flourish and grow. She enjoys solving the big strategic types of challenges and finds satisfaction in creating innovative solutions that didn't previously exist. She loves being outdoors and exploring the beauty Montana offers whether it’s in a boat on a river or hiking a new trail. Laura is always learning something new - currently she is focusing on long distance running and refining her swing dancing skills.

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