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Winners of The Prospects, the Montana Chamber Foundation’s business pitch competition, were recently announced in a virtual awards ceremony.

Just last year, The Montana Chamber Foundation launched its first statewide entrepreneurship competition for high school students inviting them to pitch new ideas and existing small businesses. In the second year, over $75,000 was distributed to winners across the state in prizes, cash, and scholarships. And a new competition was unveiled for junior high students called the Junior Prospects.

With categories like Best New Business Idea, Best Existing Business, Most Promise, Apps, and President’s Hustle Award, students from rural and urban Montana are connecting with industry experts through the Chamber Foundation for mentoring, internships, apprenticeships, and work-based learning opportunities.

“Sponsoring the 2022 Prospects Award Show was a great opportunity for C2M Beta to support early entrepreneurs and innovators across Montana with our experience and expertise,” said Andrew Schulz, Community Manager of C2M Beta and President of Insight Studio. “Along with Blackfoot Communications, we were excited to offer awards that will help turn these students’ ideas into incredible mobile apps and thriving businesses. Thank you to the Montana Chamber of Commerce for hosting this year’s Award Show and congratulations to everyone who participated – We can’t wait to see what comes next!”

The Montana Chamber Foundation would like to thank all the students for all of the submissions. A special thanks are also extended to the volunteer judges and statewide partners who donated their time and expertise throughout the competition.

NEW BUSINESS IDEA FINALISTS
CHAMPION ($5,000):     BMD Outdoors, Wyatt Iverson – Bainville High School
RUNNER-UP ($2,500):    Valley Meats, Gunner Aflleje – Simms High School
THIRD PLACE ($1,500):  Local $cholarships, Jenna Nate – Sheridan High School
FOURTH PLACE ($500): Swanky Renewable, Lainey Kitzmann – Billings Career Cener

EXISTING BUSINESS FINALISTS
CHAMPION ($5,000):      5th & Main, Ruby Waller – Twin Bridges High School
RUNNER-UP ($2,500):     Asphalt Kings, Malachi Riddle, Bayden Tidwell, Silviano Bradley – Billings Career Center
THIRD PLACE ($1,500):   R-Cantina, Leina Ulutoa – Ronan High School
FOURTH PLACE ($500): Organize Restore Recycle (ORR), Emma Konen – Twin Bridges High School

THE JUNIOR PROSPECTS FINALISTS ($250 each)
KIO Inc (existing business), Kotone Olson – Washington Middle School
Seasonal Slime (existing business), Karas Dirnberger – Washington Middle School
TB Adventure Camp (new business), Jody Sandru’s Junior High Class – Twin Bridges Middle School
Game Rush (new business), Colt’n Rees, Tyler Friede – Culbertson Schools

PRESIDENT’S HUSTLE AWARD ($1,000)
Reisig Bros Quality Custom Haying Company, Jacob Reisig – Fergus High School

THE JUNIOR PROSPECTS HONORABLE MENTIONS ($100 each)

Labette Farm Fresh Eggs, Payton Labette -Culbertson Public Schools

Noah and Ethan’s Candy Shop, Ethan Lombardozzi, Noah Larson – Joliet Public Schools

Salsa Sisters, Mariana Burciaga – Culbertson Public Schools

Specialty Sports, Greeley Bauwens, Macie Wood- Joliet Public Schools

Go! Go! Go-Kart! Carter Pacovsky, Ian Snyder – Culbertson Public Schools

Hoops n’ Loops, Makenna Tobel, Sadie Hagel – Joliet Public Schools

Great Plains Snowmobiles, Glenn Sager, Logan – Culbertson Public Schools

Fly n’ Find, Karl Huntsman, Gus Huntsman, Charity Hildreth, Kalen Martinell, Mylei Mickelsen, Molli Miner, Savannah Nelson, Luke Wendt – Lima Public Schools

Air Brush to the Sky Kaylee Kohl – Culbertson Public Schools

406 Outdoors, Chance Carlisle, Brayden Hammond- Simms High

Tootsies, Isabella Walter – Joliet Public Schools

Cozy Cattle Company, Mikeyla Shigaki, Anna Lunde – Simms High

Assassinating Pests with Ants, Nicholas Cline – Joliet Public Schools

Wacky Waters, Tyler Leach, Morgan Munroe, Trace Berg – Simms High

M & L Braille, Leah Larson, Madelyn Mahoney – Joliet Public Schools

Cousins Creations, Finley Nickoloff -Culbertson Public Schools

Ice Ice Baby, Harleigh Donnelly – Joliet Public Schools

Better this Way Clothing, Harrison Green, Charles Firemoon-Culbertson Public Schools

Little One Lemon, Gabby Hall – Joliet Public Schools

Culbertson’s Sports Center, Brooks Solem, Plenny Williams – Culbertson Public Schools

Coffee and Snack Trailer, Landen Bryant -Rapelje Junior High

Gardens of the Theater, Maxwell Hanes -Rapelje Junior High

Sunshine Bakery and Art, Stella Fox- Culbertson Public Schools

THE PROSPECTS HONORABLE MENTIONS ($100 each)

Elite Fabrications, Brandon Emineth, Jacob Stewart, Cash Mains – Red Lodge High School

Zen Den, Isabelle Sager, Alyssee Zimmerman- Red Lodge High School

Re-Barbed, Kole Anderson, Ricky Wagner – Twin Bridges High School

The Bagel Company, Angelina Podkonjak, Emma Harris- Red Lodge High School

Pepper Flakes, Kai Arendt – Skyview High School

Magic City Senior Services, Samantha McDonald- Billings Career Center

Kris P. Spuds, Kristopher Poirier – Twin Bridges High School

Taught by Zoe, Zoe Belinda- Red Lodge High School

Be Pawsitive, Ahna Eisenbaun – Rapelje High School

Aggression Advocates, Samantha Dagel- Billings Career Center

SolHeat, Londyn Godley – Billings Senior High School

Le Jus, Lily Mooney- Twin Bridges

Bit by Bit, Brayli Reimer – Red Lodge High School

Truly Bare, Grace Stahl – Fergus High School

First Gen Generator, Trent Peterson, Neils Acrilla – Red Lodge High School

Michael Marrinan’s Leather, Michael Merriman – Hot Springs High School

OneThreeSeven Styles, Eden Snyder – Red Lodge High School

MT Premier Cleaning Service, Kait Giffin, Aiden Walker – Glacier High School

Hoover Halters, Dane Hoover – Whitehall High School

 

SPECIAL PRIZE CATEGORIES
HIGH-TECH ($500) Sponsored by Montana High Tech Business Alliance: Rustic by Bethany, Bethany Burk – Thompson Falls High School
JMG ($500) Sponsored by Jobs for Montana Graduates:            Regenerative Agriculture, McKenna Ferril – Whitefish High School

BLACKFOOT APPS Sponsored by Blackfoot Communications:

Local $cholarships, Jenna Nate – Sheridan High School

Tattoo Thinker, Hannah LaBerbera – Billings Career Center

Alert & Contact, Laney Flick – Billings Career Center

Wellspring, Lila Virostko- Billings Senior High School

Cosmochat, Kennedy Williams – Billings Senior High School

Darn Doggie, Trinity Weil- Billings Senior High School

Artem Cottage, Avery Molm – Billings Career Center

Katch Up with Kobe, Kobe Nickoloff- Culbertson High School

Parking Go, Benjamin Carlson – Billings Senior High School

Auto Drip, Vincent Meza- Billings Senior High School

Lumos Tech, Mya Stenson – Butte High School

 

AIRLINE TICKETS:
Sponsored by Alaska Airlines

Billings Yardcards, Davis Chakos – Billings Senior High School

MAURICE HILLEMAN INSPIRATION ($500 each)
Sweet Like Honey, Isabella Ereaux – Skyview High School

Donte’s Delight, Peyton BuckElk – Culbertson High School

Cuddle Me Bear, Alyssa Castro – Billings Career Center

AUTOMOTIVE ($250 each)
Periscopic Poles, Conner Chadwick – Seeley-Swan High School

Snap Track, Reagan Walker – Billings Senior High School

Rain or Shine, Josh Sironi – Billings Senior High School

KP Shields Shop, Kate Parks – Glasgow High School

JJCBE
BMD Outdoors, Wyatt Iverson – Bainville High School

OneThreeSeven Styles, Eden Snyder – Red Lodge High School

Idea Challenge, Anna Long – Billings Career Center

SolHeat, Londyn Godley – Billings Senior High School

Taught by Zoe, Zoe Belinda – Red Lodge High School

COMMUNITY AWARDS ($500 each)
GREAT FALLS:       CJD Custom Fencing, Clayton Jassen – Belt Public Schools; Backcountry Homes, Aedan Bingham – C.M. Russell High School; BioCase, Oliva Martello – C.M. Russell High School; Forte Frappe, Grace Johnson, Darraya Peterson, Makayla Stroh – Simms High School

BOZEMAN:             SnoWay, Luke Terry – Gallatin High School; Cloud Boxes, Kate Kalinowski – Bozeman High School; Planti, Kiarra Michalson – Gallatin High School; Mountaintop Ski and Bike, Michael Anderson – Gallatin High School

EMPOWERED/YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS AWARDS

Hack My School ($500 each; $1,000 Grand Prize):
Feminine Hygiene Availability, Madelynn O’Neal – Billings Senior High School

Campus Guide Maps, Bennett Easton – Billings Senior High School

Daylis Stadium Painting, Trinity Karls – Billings Senior High School

Outdoor Classroom, Kennedy Williams- Billings Senior High School (Grand Prize)

Vacant Lot ($500 each)
Sun River Hangout, Jackson Schubarth – Simms High School

SportsKids, Braelyn Hay – Red Lodge High School

Alter Awaken, Remington Cattaneo – Fergus High School

Embracing the Nerd Within, Derek Jollie – Butte High School

School of Music at the Emporium, Owen Day – Fergus High School

Scalability Award ($500 each)
BSH Bronc Box, Shelbi Costin, Raelicia Campos, Shelbi Costin, Talon Harris, Gracy Jones, Kasey Reed, Josiah Tatsakron, Indie King

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