accelerated startups montana


MBAC’s Accelerated Startups program is designed to help stimulate growth. This six-month program puts participants on a fast track to achieving goals through education, resources, mentoring, and accountability. Mentors help make sure every minute spent working on the business is one minute closer to the goal. The program culminates with a Demo Night where participants present their ideas and celebrate their achievements with the Helena community.

New! Free Class! Open to all!

Getting Started Workshop

January 15 from 3PM - 5PM

Helena Chamber Conference Room - 225 Cruse Ave


Are you launching a business? Do you have an idea for a new business? Don’t know where or how to get started? Starting a new business can be overwhelming. Entrepreneurs frequently face decisions and challenges which have the potential to limit or grow their business. Knowing how to navigate these decisions can make or break a startup.

The Accelerated Startups: Getting Started Workshop will give you a place to start and the opportunity to start conversations with resources in the Helena area. The class is free to anyone interested and a prerequisite to anyone wishing to participate in the Accelerated Startups program.

Apply now for Accelerated Startups 2020

If you are ready to make some real progress on your business, apply to participate in the 2020 Accelerated Startups program. Participants will be selected based on application, interview, and completion of prerequisite requirement, as well as how well their current status and idea compliments the group.

The Accelerated Startups program is able to work with startups, existing businesses, and even nonprofits.

Startup Track | New businesses often begin at a kitchen table between a full-time job and helping with homework. It is easy to lose focus. Startup participants are given someone other than themselves to be accountable to.

Business Growth Track | For existing businesses who are ready to take their exxisting business to the next level with a big new idea.

Nonprofit Track | For existing nonprofits who want to serve more by creating efficiencies and implementing big ideas.

The Accelerated Startups program is valued at approximately $5,500 but is offered to accepted participants at no charge!

Get involved in supporting new helena businesses

We all benefit from a healthy small business community, whether it is opportunity for a new client, the opportunity to source something locally that was previously unavailable, job opportunities, or just more reasons for people to be out spending locally.

The MBAC Accelerated Startups program is not grant funded, it is supported by MBAC and volunteers in the Helena business community. We would like sponsors to not only contribute the much-needed funds to continue and grow the program, but resources, ideas, and support from those sponsors through mentorship and education for the participants.

Thank you to our sponsors.


The program will start in late winter/early spring and run for 6 months.

Submit an application now to be included in the 2020 program. Program deadline is January 31, 2020.

The meeting time will be finalized once the participants have been selected. It is likely that the group will meet for 2-3 hours on a weekday evening, once per month.

Participants will be selected based upon several factors, including entrepreneurial drive, passion and the applicant’s willingness to succeed. Additionally, we will be attempting to pick a group of entrepreneurs that are at similar points in the business process and that are not operating competing businesses. More specifically, applications will be examined by a small committee of community leaders. Short interviews with the committee or individual members of the committee may be required.

To put it plainly, we will help you set a 6-month plan to start/develop/grow your business and then meet with you regularly to help you overcome roadblocks. Early stage business development is all about execution. That is our focus.

The program itself will not be time intensive, but this is not the right question to ask. To be clear, we are interested in helping people that are driven to achieve a business goal. This means that you should already be planning to spend a significant amount of time starting, building or growing your business. We won’t add significant time constraints, but we will help you identify what is worth your time and what isn’t.

The specific program curriculum will be tailored to the needs of the participants. We can tell you that the monthly meetings will last 2-3 hours. The meetings will be broken up into several sections, but will focus on participant accountability. Additionally, when appropriate we will bring in area business leaders to help participants with a specific topic or problem.


Strong preference will be given to businesses looking to operate within the MBAC service area.

At the most basic level, participants will be required to attend ALL monthly meetings. Additionally, you will need access to a computer, preferably a laptop. You will be expected to actively and constructively engage with other program participants and occasionally use our group chat software. Above all, participants are expected to hold themselves accountable and execute their plan. This is not a networking group. We are here to get things done.

who to contact for more information

Brian Obert
Executive Director
Montana Business Assistance Connection (MBAC)
Gateway Economic Development District (GEDD)
[email protected]

Dustin Stewart
Owner | Digital Projects Manager
Edge Marketing + Design
[email protected]

Deanna Johnson
Owner | Lead Web Dev | Marketing Strategist
Edge Marketing + Design
[email protected]