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Jan 19, 2013 7:24 PM by Bernie Riggs - KPAX News

Missoula entrepreneurs challenged at 3-day competition

MISSOULA - Aspiring entrepreneurs came together at the Lifelong Learning Center to develop innovative business ideas during the second day of Startup Weekend.

Friday, 35 ideas were presented in front of about 100 participants, and the ideas were narrowed down to the best twelve, and a dozen teams formed to build a product and research their customer base.

Sunday, the teams will each give a presentation to a panel of judges.

Bozeman-based entrepreneur, and Startup Weekend mentor, Rob Irizarry says the event draws a diverse group.

"It's easier than ever before to start up a business and scale it," Irizarry said. "This Startup Weekend is a mini version of an experiment to be able to validate and start the business. There's a big cross-section of people here: experienced, not experienced, all different domains of expertise kind of collaborating on some pretty cool ideas."

The winner of the best idea will have the benefit of a venture capital firm as a mentor and a tech crunch journalist as a PR representative.

Many other potential investors will also be present during the presentations tomorrow.

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