Montana Entrepreneur Project Support Program provides students with hands on experiential learning while working to help grow a young vibrant Montana startup.


Student Spring 2022 Application Business Application


  • Earn 1, 2 or 3 internship credits through your department. 

  • Obtain real-world experience in business specific to your career interests.

  • Receive training and support from aMT coaching staff.

  • Connect with passionate, innovative, and creative entrepreneurs.


  • Develop a client communication skill set essential to starting businesses and leading teams.
  • Gain an understanding of business tools and strategies applicable to both businesses and non-profits.
  • Grow your professional network and open post-graduate career opportunities.

Accelerate Montana’s Project Support Internship Program was created with the intention to provide University of Montana Students with real-world experience and provide local entrepreneurs with business support. In this program, our team interviews knowledgeable, motivated UM students and places them in internships where they support a Montanan entrepreneur in the early-to-middle stages of developing a business. Interns work directly with the startup owner (virtually until further notice), contributing to ongoing business projects (customer development, market research, video and social media marketing, etc.).

Meet The Entrepreneurs

Oriana Turly

Medicine Mountain Scrubs

Sustainably sourced, ethically manufactured, mountain inspired medical workwear for women. We are aiming to be the Patagonia of the medical apparel space, walking the walk in reducing our impact on the planet while delivering high quality, high functioning medical workwear for women. Designed by nurses, this small batch scrub company takes the latest advancements in recycled technical materials into your scrubs.


  1. Hashtag and social media research centered around targeted advertising
  2. Content research for social media calendar and marketing emails
  3. Grant research, writing and submissions
  4. SEO optimization of website
  5. Data analytics of website sales to create marketing plan

Student Spring 2022 Application

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Kristina Boyd & Shawna Kelsey

Pink Bench Distilling

What do you get when you cross a wildlife biologist with an economic developer? A wild business idea. We know there is much deeper value to Montana’s forests than timber. And after founding an Apple Festival to help reduce bear conflict in our home town of Troy, we know… there’s a lot of juice in those apples, and plums, and pears! So, after working at the crossroads of conservation and economy for decades, we are building a home in Pink Bench Distilling as a model for innovative solutions and sustainable growth in our area.

Our brandies will be crafted from local fruit, with the picking and profits benefiting the peckish bears who can wreak havoc in orchards. Fur-nomenal! Our liqueurs include a coffee-styled concoction made from roasted roots, and a luscious draught made with six kinds of forest fruit. Home sweet home! And our gins and flavored vodkas will be magical mixes of over 30 local forest and farm botanicals. Pure Gin-ius!


  1. Create an outside-the-box marketing plan and budget tantalizes best practices for reaching customers in both urban and rural Montana
  2. Illustrate a portfolio of exterior and interior architectural sketches of our envisioned business premises including: distillation room, restrooms, kitchen, tasting room, patio, and street view.
  3. Create a series of short videos highlighting our business values and our relationships to local land and people.

Student Spring 2022 Application


Lila Rickenbaugh

Regenerative Land Solutions

Regenerative Land Solutions is an agricultural consulting and product distribution company based in Bozeman MT. Our basic approach is to help producers lower their chemical inputs, improve the quality of their production, and increase the performance of their soil biology. We listen to producers’ concerns, needs, and goals and help them design a plan for success.


  1. Creating video content 
  2. Producing marketing materials - branded handouts, ad templates, email templates, etc. 
  3. Researching marketing outlets to determine the most cost-effective marketing strategies for RLS 

 Student Spring 2022 Application


Anna Winters 


Akros strengthens national health systems in developing countries, primarily focused on southern Africa. Akros works hand-in-hand with national governments to develop quality surveillance systems and implement research and communication frameworks aimed at understanding and addressing health problems. Ultimately, Akros aims to develop and utilize new technologies to address these issues with feasible solutions to support the health in last-mile communities.  


  1. Liaise with the Akros team to understand existing technology and current use cases of those technologies
  2. Assist Akros team to identify specific sectors to target with market research work
  3. Build a network to guide in-depth interviews with contacts within new markets
  4. Conduct interviews, collect and collate information
  5. Provide routine updates (written and verbal) to the Akros team on themes, findings, and conclusions of the market research activities

Student Spring 2022 Application
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Jill Alban 

Ahead by 11 

Founded by Jill Alban, Ahead by 11 is a strategic marketing company that helps businesses, organizations, and individuals bring ideas to life. We specialize in brand identity creation, creative content, and marketing plan creation and execution.  

I am seeking an intern to help me research keywords and trends for different sectors (wellness, health care, recreation products, and more) to inform website content strategy and copywriting for a set of key clients. 



  1. Keyword trend research for key clients
  2. SEO research for key clients

Student Spring 2022 Application
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Jamie Lockman

Organic Montana

Organic Montana is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded by the Montana Organic Association to provide educational resources for anyone interested in organic farming, food, and fiber. Organic Montana is a community of diverse individuals united by the ideals of the organic movement and sustainability. It elevates Montana's organic community by providing education and opportunities to meet, learn, collaborate, mentor, do business, and more.


  1. Develop a Pitch deck
  2. Design and implement a fundraising plan
  3. Create a marketing plan

Student Spring 2022 Application


Theresa Simmons

Vantage Point Organic & Bitterroot Holistic

Vantage Point Organic is beginning a 10-acre organic permaculture farm. Creating organic and locally sourced meat, eggs, and animal products (e.g., goat soap, lotions, etc.), Vantage Point Organic has been leading in sustainable agriculture practices such as building an underground green house climate controlled with a solar and wind-powered heatpump.


1.) Looking for someone to aid in winter greenhouse construction

2.) Installation of orchard and vineyard; roughly 60 plants and 60 trees. Holes are prepped and have already been augered.

3.) Other projects are available if they do not peak interest. For example, we have two sheds that are being dropped off for the birds. These would need to be retrofitted with nesting boxes and areas for roosting, and they will also be installing solar automatic coop doors.


Student Spring 2022 Application


Marjory McCaffery 

Easier-Way Products 

Easier-Way Products is a small family business inspired by the experience of caregiving. We were not able to seriously remodel the home. Only one person at a time was available for care. So, we became serious innovators and greatly reduced the time needed in a rest home. We will offer a chair for elderly or disabled people that eliminates caregiver lifting. We are particularly focusing on bathing. There will be associated accessories. 


  1. Improve the website
  2. Develop a marketing strategy

 Student Spring 2022 Application


Rob Tossberg 

Plan It Green Printing 

Based in Hamilton, Mt, Plan It Green Printing prints for forward thinking, environmentally minded companies, universities and non-profits. We educate and guide our clients away from plastic and virgin paper towards plant-based, recycled, sustainable printing. Were are nterested in cultivating long term employee with with possible profit sharing from successful sales and developement. 


  1.  Sales and client development. Find and close government contracts for Sustainable, compostable sticker labels contracts with federal agencies 
  2. Customer development with universities, museums and businesses
  3. Take a deep dive into our company and find new streams of income to develop.

Student Spring 2022 Application


Paul Dumond

Dumonds Custom Furniture

I build one of a kind custom furniture including tables, desks and beds. I have a solar off-grid wood shop that I have been operating for 30+ years. I ship my furniture around the USA.


  1. Social media posting including youtube, facebook, instagram. Writing blogs to be posted on the internet to increase my backlinks. I have lots of videos of different pieces I have built and lots of great photos.

 Student Spring 2022 Application


Laura Olsonoski

Moving Mountains

Moving Mountains Foundation (MMF) is dedicated to improving the quality of lives of children and adults with developmental and acquired disabilities by supporting improved access to skilled services (occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and mental) in the individual’s natural environment, improving awareness and community understanding of disability, and supporting access to needed supplies and materials to improve independence in their activities of daily living.


  1. Grant Writer - Develop grant proposals for a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Duties involve securing funding for several programs, including community inclusivity education, free developmental screenings, community-building events, and small equipment grants for individuals with disabilities.

  2.  Education Platform - Create a platform and system to allow for continuing education courses to be taken and credit to be received for skilled professionals and childcare providers.

  3. Educational Outreach - Create a network of educators and learners and develop disability inclusion education in Montana.

Student Spring 2022 Application
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Chase Barlett


Bartlett’s online sports coaching marketplace connects players with coaches, anywhere and anytime. Bridgible gives coaches the analysis tools they need to do the coaching quickly and remotely, and enable players in remote locations to access the best coaches in the world. For example, the app they are currently developing focuses on stroke analysis, so players submit videos of their problems, and the coaches can break down the issues using the tools they've created.


  1. Managing Bridgible Social Media accounts, including Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook
  2. Utilizing Social Media accounts to engage directly with target customers
  3. Consistently creating and posting generalized content to attract our target audience
  4. Using tools such as Canva to design and share posts easily

Student Spring 2022 Application


Zen Parry


Trepademics provides business services including marketing, community outreach, education and programming activities, grant writing and administration support. Zen has decades of experience working with entrepreneurs in undeserved populations globally.

The Intern /s will support a social media project at a local non-profit Museum that is new to the online world. The projects emphasize social media management and content with Facebook, possibly a website and consideration for Instagram and Twitter. The Intern/s will learn how to create and manage an Editorial Calendar for social media, set themes for posts based on data,  research images used for posts, and write narratives,  analyze the analytics behind the social media platforms to inform a long vision strategy and update the policies and procedures manual to support social media.  


  1. Manage the existing Editorial Calendar
  2. Create social media posts (requiring research)
  3. Update a Social Media Guide (Policies and Procedures)
  4. Analyze metrics behind the social media page to recommend strategies for organic growth
  5. With supervision, post to social media for the Museum

    Student Spring 2022 Application

Carson Brown

NW Gutter Guards

NW Gutter Guards carries and installs a variety of high-end gutter covers to homeowners in the Flathead Valley and Missoula. We are looking to aggressively expand our operations in the 2022 season.



  1. Development and delivery of additional marketing materials
  2. Assistance in hiring processes
  3. Continued development of systems in place to allow smooth operations with remote install crews.







Student Spring 2022 Application

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Stephen Bone

Crimson Medical Solutions

CMS is a healthtech company empowering nurses to provide excellent patient care. Our launch product is the IV Manager, an IV line organization solution to reduce medication errors.


  1. Grant application research and writing for quantifying how well the IV Manager reduces medication errors.
  2. Distribution and sales management and growth, and/or social media marketing
  3. New product customer discovery

 Student Spring 2022 Application

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Gail Gutsche

Friends of the Women's Club

After 38 years in operation, The Women's Club Health and Fitness Center closed in August. A team of four is exploring the possibility of re-imagining and re-opening a new women's club. The club provided classes, workpout space and a salt-water pool for 1800 members, many of whom are differently abled and or seniors. Results from a survey of nearly 800 members strongly supports continuation of the women's club community. A community meeting with potential stakeholders, including the City of Missoula, Homeword and others, is slated for Thursday, September 23rd.


  1. We are looking for an intern to help us write a business plan to determine the viability of establishing a new women's club.

Student Spring 2022 Application
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Geoffrey Pepos


We have created a delivery platform that runs on multiple devices and operating systems. Currently focused on businesses, including restaurants, to deliver engaging art and information experiences, cloud delivered.


  1. Marketing research including setting up interviews with potential partners.
  2. Social Media help and engagement.
  3. Help in identifying potential markets.

 Student Spring 2022 Application

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Arielle Wilson

Aralia Health

Aralia Health is a community centered naturopathic health care clinic. Founded by Dr. Stephanie Raven and Arielle Wilson, who together have 20+ years of health care experience. Dr. Raven is a practicing naturopathic doctor and Arielle's background is in Practice Management. Our clinic will use a combined model of insurance billing and sliding-scale fees to provide the Missoula community with accessible holistic medical care. Dr. Raven is currently enrolled with several major insurance companies. For patients who are unable to utilize insurance billing, we will offer sliding scale discounts based on income levels. In addition, there are many services that we offer that are not covered by any insurance companies, for example Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy. For these services we will also offer sliding scale discounts. There are several Naturopathic Doctors in town, however, accessibility to care is not a focus in any existing clinics. At current rates, Naturopathic Medicine is largely inaccessible to the majority of our local community.


  1. Identifying and write grants for our sliding scale holistic healthcare clinic
  2. Identifying and investigating loan programs for women owned and operated small business
  3. Help to develop a referral program between like minded small businesses to facilitate a community approach to accessible holistic health care.

Student Spring 2022 Application

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Colin Mender

Lochsa River Photography

Lochsa River Photography is a whitewater photography company. I will have a photographer on site taking photos and videos of thrill seekers as they whitewater raft and kayak through Lochsa Falls. At the end of the weekend photos will be uploaded and sold online. I will sell digital copies of photos and videos but would like to explore what it would take to sell prints as well.


  1. E-commerce and website design
  2.  Setting up CRM and accounting software
  3.  Marketing and social media coordinator

 Student Spring 2022 Application

Filled Projects for 2021

Sara Andrews

Bumbleroot Foods

Bumbleroot is a regenerative food brand and nature/food-focused media platform to inspire a new relationship between humans, nature, and food. Relying on a regenerative agriculture approach, Bumbleroot has been on a journey to source and distribute foods that tell their story, support biodiversity and healthy soil, and create opportunities for their customers to discover new and delicious products.

Projects: Filled Fall 2021

  1. Curating content for the newsletter and developing a new printed publication.
  1. Developing press releases and doing research on potential community partners to spread the word about the Bumbleroot story and products.
  2. Possibly developing and editing a podcast.

Blake Nicolazzo

Bondfire Brands

Bonfire is a graphic design and brand development agency. They work with clients who leave the world better than they found it—specializing in brand identity design to event planning, website creation, and consumer and employee relations. Bonfire Brands empower brands to act the way they want to feel and attract their ideal community of champions, partners, clients, and consumers.

Projects:  Filled Fall 2021

  1. Attracting potential clients through marketing, outreach strategy, and data
  2. Business operations and organization- help with organizing internal assets like client intake forms, project management systems, google business suite functions
  3. Internal and external junior graphic design projects- creating designs that will communicate their business and the causes they champion

Chase Comes At Night

Innovative Indigenous Greens

Our mission is to improve the quality of life across Indigenous communities by promoting wellness through a horticultural approach. This organization looks to promote health through a horticultural process that incorporates Indigenous knowledge to provide a culturally appropriate service within each Indigenous community. Our goal is to encourage the seven interdependent dimensions that formulate wellness; Emotional, Environmental, Intellectual, Occupational, Physical, Social, & Spiritual.

Projects:  Filled Fall 2021

  1. Categorize & Develop an Indigenous plant database
  2. Assist with developing geographical data to determine communities orientation
  3. Assist with the maintaining of cultivation systems



Kara Schuett

Yellow Sally

Female guide-inspired fly fishing clothing made specifically for women and girl anglers. All products are sold online using a print-on-demand platform. Not limited to clothing, Yellow Sally has accessories and home goods, all fly fishing inspired. Kara is  working on getting set up for wholesale and have had requests from people worldwide wanting to carry Yellow Sally products.

Projects Filled

  1. New designs and graphic design
  2. SEO
  3. Social media marketing
  4. Wholesale distribution
  5. Customer service/relations
  6. Social media manager
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Afiavi caca Akibode

Calia Expertise

Calia Expertise specializes in the promotion of women entrepreneurs. Specifically, they help women to develop and market their companies by giving them technical support and advice anywhere from production, processing, and marketing. Afiavi is currently working with four women entrepreneurs that need help in community engagement, especially website design, and guidance to improve their social media visibility.

Projects: Filled Fall 2021

  1. Website designing
  2. Improve social media visibility (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms that can improve the visibility of their products and actions)



Audrey Hall

Audrey Hall Photography

Audrey Hall is a working artist and photographer. She makes one-of-a-kind pieces and editions while participating in commercial work, private and public commissions, and music. Hall, originally from Brazil, has traveled globally to study and practice her passions as an artist.

Projects: Filled

  1. Create a dedicated website for non-commercial photography endeavors
  2. As a part of this website, an e-commerce platform that can handle images that are "ready to wear" versus "couture, and can be drop-shipped."
  3. Create a robust campaign to move followers to subscribers. This includes setting up the infrastructure to organize subscribers based on interest.
  4. Organizing an album release/art campaign and event - helping to set up strategies to host, sell, track, and distribute products.
  5. Help develop a tool to track art, sales, and collectors, ways to build a long-lasting relationship with our customers.

Andrew Connor

The Center for Community Ownership & Crowdfund Montana

The Center for Community Ownership (CCO) provides legal, financial, and strategic expertise to communities investing in their own essential local businesses. The CCO helps communities meet their economic development goals while building real financial wealth locally by offering the technical support necessary to create community-owned for-profit businesses.

Crowdfund Mainstreet, is dedicated to businesses and organizations in Montana that want to raise capital. This new platform, allows regular people to invest in Montana and where businesses and organizations can crowdfund either debt or equity capital for their ventures.

Projects: Filled

  1. Marketing, publicity, PR, and outreach for the Crowdfund Montana
  2. Customer discovery research, deeply examine what makes investment crowdfunding attractive or unattractive to entrepreneurs/businesses.
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Linda Lybert

Healthcare Surfaces Institute

Healthcare Surface Institute is a nonprofit organization focused on addressing the issue of surfaces within the healthcare setting. Their organization focuses on education, training, and recommendations for healthcare entities to reduce the rates of infection due to unclean surfaces. There are many aspects to preventing infections within the healthcare system, and the Institute has a clear understanding of them and how to move forward to address them.

Healthcare Surfaces Institute is looking for three interns; each will be assigned to an initiative group to do the following and support the team as they write test methods, guidelines, and standards.

Projects: Filled Fall 2021

  1. Develop surveys for collecting data and information
  2. Compile the data and support the team with writing comprehensive reports
  3. Support the Initiative groups with writing white papers or consensus papers