Recap of the Montana Summer 2023 Program

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We have officially wrapped up our third-ever Creatives Indigenous Accelerator Program, and we are so proud of all the participants who successfully completed the course! We finished out the program with 8 Indigenous-owned startup businesses that were based out of the surrounding areas of the Flathead Reservation in Montana.

For our final pitch event, we had four talented business owners win the best pitch of the night, all of whom were awarded gift cards for their hard work throughout the program. The participants who had the best pitch of the night were Marvin Camel (Art Gallery Director), Erica Shelby (MMIW Organization Leader), Nissa Birdsbill (Hairstylist), and Yolanda OldDwarf (Fashion Designer).

We would like to give a special thank you to our awesome partners, the Economic Development team of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe, Salish Kootenai Business Services, Salish Kootenai College, TRIIA and Creative Startups for helping to make this initiative a success.