MISSOULA – The University of Montana's Entrepreneurship Club, in partnership with UM’s Blackstone Launchpad and the Associated Students of UM, recently launched a first-of-its-kind program in Missoula.
The Bear Den project is focused on bringing entrepreneurs and idea leaders into several three-person residential suites to live together and collaborate on business ideas.
“The idea is similar to what millionaires are doing in San Francisco,” said Austin Walker, president of the club. “They purchase a mansion and lease out the rooms to aspiring entrepreneurs – or people with great ideas – in hopes they are able to launch a business using the other entrepreneurial housemates, each with their own skill set, to perform work.”
The housing is available fall 2014 and is located in the University Villages, near the UM Golf Course. The apartments are newer than most of the other student housing and are priced affordably in comparison to other Missoula options.
The club currently is seeking interested applicants to participate in the Bear Den project. Interested participants are encouraged to apply by April 23 by emailing a description of their skill sets or business ideas to email@example.com. Students participating in this program will earn at least one credit for their work/ideas throughout the semester.
“This program isn’t just for business majors,” Walker said. “We are seeking a large mix of majors and ideas.”