2018 Best Tech Startups in Montana

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Montana. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Blackmore Sensors and Analytics

Blackmore Sensors and Analytics

Founded: 2016

“Blackmore is a leader in FMCW lidar and supporting analytic tools. Our technology brings the advanced toolsets of modern radar into the optical domain. We support safety critical applications where direct detect 3D imagers are cost and performance limited.

Blackmore lidar systems make more measurements to longer ranges than any lidar system and are completely immune to interference effects. Additionally, the sensors measure radial velocity on every data point via the Doppler effect. These features make autonomous vehicles with Blackmore lidar safer, smarter, and more reliable.”

2. onX


Founded: 2009

“onX delivers the most relevant and rich geospatial data to any device, anywhere. The company aggregates nationwide data on property ownership, trails, permitted land use, and many other parameters. World-class GPS and mapping technologies present customized information to users, tailored to their off-pavement activities and locations. Founder and CEO Eric Siegfried initially launched onX products to hunters, a highly discerning mapping community. Since the Company’s 2009 founding, onX has used hunters’ back-country experience and feedback to deliver products with ever wider appeal. Hundreds of thousands of customers trust onX to “know where they stand” and to open the off-pavement world to new, successful experiences. Whether they are finding a new hiking destination, a backcountry hunting spot, or an undiscovered fishing hole, onXmaps the experiences that customers care about most. Where the pavement ends, onX begins.”

3. Schedulicity


Founded: 2009

“Schedulicity is a platform for discovering and booking local services.

To date, 100+ million appointments, classes, and workshops have been booked through Schedulicity in more than 6,600 cities across the U.S. and Canada, facilitating more than $5 Billion in service-based commerce to date.”

4. Submittable


Founded: 2010

“Submittable is the best way for your team to accept, review, and manage any type of application or submission. Designed with non-technical users in mind, every step of the process is easy and intuitive yet highly customizable – from identifying and communicating with target applicants to collaborating with colleagues and more.”

5. Quiq


Founded: 2015

“Recognized as a 2017 Gartner Cool Vendor, Quiq makes it easy for customers to interact with a company via Messaging. Customers can now engage customer service via SMS/text messaging, Facebook Messenger, Live Chat, and Kik for help with their pre-sales questions and post-sales support.

Our mission is to improve the way customers communicate with companies. We believe mobile message-driven communications will replace a significant portion of traditional phone and email interactions, reducing costs while improving customer satisfaction. Quiq makes it easy for customers to contact a business via Messaging, the preferred channel already in use with our friends and family.”

6. Pulsara


Founded: 2013

“Pulsara was created with input from all members of the healthcare team to solve real problems in the acute care setting. Pulsara applications seamlessly coordinate communication between the field (EMTs and paramedics) and between hospital staff (RNs, MDs, Techs, etc.) to improve the times and outcomes for critical care patients.

Our native mobile apps, built atop a Cloud-based platform, instantly connect a patient’s entire care team and share vital patient data with a tap — eliminating unnecessary pages, calls, operators, faxes, and emails. By leveraging the power of mobile technology, Pulsara simplifies and standardizes acute care coordination, improves patient care, and reduces healthcare costs.”

7. Orbital Shift

Orbital Shift

Founded: 2009

“Our online workforce management software makes managers’​ and employees’​ lives easier by saving them time and stress. Staff work schedules are generated and posted quickly with our online employee scheduling software and are accessible anywhere with an internet connection. No software to install or hardware to purchase because your online scheduling software is in the cloud.

Our online Time Clock Software allows businesses to manage labor costs in real time by reviewing projected employee time clock hours from any internet-enabled device. Receive alerts via email or text when employees are not clocked in for a scheduled work shift that already started.”

8. CrossTx


Founded: 2010

“CrossTx is a premier, cloud-based whole-person care platform that improves the overall patient experience. With seamless communication across the care continuum, CrossTx enables expansion of services beyond the clinical walls, to manage, track and analyze an individual’s history and future healthcare needs. By blurring the lines between services that have typically existed in silos, CrossTx’s inclusive platform provides a 360° view of the whole-person and social determinants of health.

Enabling HIE’s, providers, payers and community organizations to communicate and share information across systems not only aligns common goals and improvement standards, but also reduces care costs and improves daily efficiencies, all while driving revenue.”

9. The Audience Awards

The Audience Awards

Founded: 2013

“Audience Awards believes that filmmakers have the power to change the world through their craft and influence. We democratize entertainment by connecting our global, diverse filmmakers, fans and brands through our video platform.

We provide opportunities to filmmakers through our turn-key submissions platform that powers video contests, filmmaking challenges, online film festivals and internal submissions review of content.”

10. Montainer


Founded: 2013

“Montainer designs, produces and delivers homes constructed of recycled shipping containers for customers across the United States.”