Early Stage MT 2019 will have 3 regional competitions, more HyperAccelerator programs, and a bigger Statewide Showcase. Entrepreneurs from around the state present their emerging businesses to industry experts for a chance to meet mentors and pitch investors. Early Stage Montana (ESMT) hosts an annual Showcase highlighting the state’s most promising high tech businesses. Showcase contestants are selected from around Montana to participate in a 5-day hyper-accelerator where they receive mentorship from experienced, successful entrepreneurs. Contestant finalists pitch to an audience including private investors and venture capitalists for a chance to win startup funds.