Accelerate Montana's Rural Innovation Initiative
We know great startup businesses come from anywhere in Montana. We also know your innovative solutions may change the world.
At AMRII, we work with Montanans to assist in taking your ideas and build them into the businesses you envision -where ever you live or who ever you are.
We provide one-on-one coaching, learning materials and programs, that support you to grow your ideas into what you imagine them to be. Explore the website for resources, recorded interviews, learning opportunities and more. If you don't find what you need are need - give us a call and we will help find what it is you are looking for.
Access to Capital in Montana
Funding is critical for innovation. AMRII is working to bring more access to capital for your ideas, solutions and businesses.
Entrepreneur Training In Montana's Libraries
Montana Public Libraries have partnered with AMRII to provide entrepreneurial support to aspiring small business owners and entrepreneurs within rural Montana communities.
Entrepreneur Project Support Program
Montana startups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses can get the help of talented UM Students. Apply to get matched with a Project Support Intern.
Montana AgTech Showcase
AMRII continuously explores the Confluence of Technology and Agriculture in Montana. Check out our past AgTech Showcase events and get information on our upcoming Agtech events.
Legal Resources for Startups
Why and How you may hire an attorney for your startup.
Art and Entrepreneurship
Explore the intersection of creating art and being an entrepreneur. This project aims to support rural artists who are passionate about their work.
AMRII Office Hours
Great pursuits start with an idea. Do you have an idea you want to share? AMRII will listen to you and become your cheerleader. Check out our teams office hours to meet with an AMRII team member!
Internships with Montana Startups
UM students can gain hands on experiential learning while working to help grow a young vibrant Montana startup. Check out the current projects and apply today!
How We Can Help:
We develop, support, and deliver programming that supports rural and Indigenous problem solvers, innovators, and entrepreneurs.
- Free coaching and tools to test your businesses idea
- Community-to-community networking to connect talent and resources to grow ideas to plans and plans to businesses
- Access to expertise and mentoring
Innovator Interview Series
by Zita Ottersbach
Jill TopSky is passionate about bridging the financial gap that women and BIPOC entrepreneurs face; and providing indigenous representation within the business world.
In Spring 2021, Jill was a Intern with the Entrepreneur Project Support Program. Recently, we caught up with her to see what she was up to now.
Accelerate Montana's Rural Innovation Initiative acknowledges that we are in the aboriginal territories of the Salish and Kalispel people. We honor the path they have always shown us in caring for this place for generations to come.
AMRII's programing is funded through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), University Center Program following a successful application in response to their 2018 NOFO.
The University Center (UC) program is specifically designed to marshal the resource located within colleges and universities to support regional economic development strategies in regions of chronic and acute economic distress. As the EDA notes, "Institutions of higher education have extensive resource, including specialized research, outreach, technology transfer, and commercialization capabilities, as well as recognized faculty expertise and sophisticated laboratories.