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Can Do: Paul Gladen On Creating Opportunities For Rural Entrepreneurs

Dec 3, 2019

If there is something happening in the entrepreneurial world in Montana, Paul Gladen probably has something to do with it. In 2008, Paul came to Montana armed with a degree from Oxford University and more than 15 years of experience working with Arthur Andersen and his own firm Muzeview.

In 2009, Paul helped launch Hellgate Venture Network, a Missoula-based local entrepreneurship forum. When the university was chosen to be part of the prestigious Blackstone LaunchPad, a national effort to provide viable pathways to entrepreneurship, Paul was the “go to” choice to head it up.

Since then, Paul has been a linchpin in many Montana entrepreneurship efforts. He is the co-founder of the Montana Code School, and he recently helped launch Accelerate Montana's Rural Innovation Initiative with a $730,000 grant from the United States Economic Development Administration.

Today on Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs, Paul discusses all things start-up. He’ll tell us what it takes to successfully launch a new business endeavor, particularly if you plan to work in a rural environment.