Accelerated Startups Program Helps Helena-Area Entrepreneurs Hit The Ground Running

By Tyler Manning
Independent Record, Helena, Mont.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The goal of the “Accelerated Startups program” is to provide a support system and education for budding businesses in the Helena area.

Independent Record, Helena, Mont.

The Montana Business Assistance Connection in Helena recently honored the first three graduates of its Accelerated Startups pilot project.

The Accelerated Startups program is a collaborative effort between the business assistance connection and Edge Marketing and Design to provide resources, accountability and mentorship to new startups in the Helena area. The participants started the six-month program in the spring and finished last week.

Graduates of the program’s initial run are Montana Bones clothing company, Caffeic coffee roasters and Spy High, which sells a patented trail camera mounting system.

Brian Obert, executive director of the business assistance connection, said the idea came about after a visit from Dustin and Megan McKissen. Their visit was held in conjunction with a LinkedIn event held between the business assistance connection and Edge.

Obert said the McKissens saw a lot of potential in Helena, and that it was encouraging hearing from an outside group that programs similar to those in big cities could be developed here for Helena.

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