accelerated startups montana


Created by the Montana Business Assistance Connection (MBAC), the Accelerated Startups program stimulates business growth. This six-month program helps fast-track business goals by providing education, resources, mentoring, and accountability. The program culminates to "Demo Night" where participants have the opportunity to present their business to the Helena community.

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 their application, interview, and completion of prerequisite requirements, as well as how well their current status and idea complements the group.

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

Startup Track | For newer entrepreneurs who need help identifying the next steps to create a successful business.

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

Nonprofit Track | For existing nonprofit organizations that want to increase their impact by creating efficiencies and implementing big changes.

While free to participants, the Accelerated Startups program is valued at approximately $5,500 per participant.


We all benefit from a healthy small business community. Locally-sourced products and services improve the quality of life by creating a strong workforce, healthy entrepreneurial spirit, and opportunity for residents to reinvest in their community.

Our mission is to support local businesses on their journey to growth and success. The MBAC Accelerated Startups program is funded by MBAC and Helena business volunteers. We are currently looking for fellow business sponsors to support the program through funding and mentorship.

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