The Montana High Tech Business Alliance has announced a list of 15 Montana Companies to Watch in 2017. The recognition is designed to raise the visibility of Montana's growing high-tech and manufacturing businesses and related jobs that need to be filled. The 15 Montana Companies to Watch in 2017 include: 1. Ascent Vision, Bozeman 2. Audience Awards, Missoula 3. Centricient, Bozeman 4. Clearas Water Recovery, Missoula 5. Elixiter, Bozeman 6. Foundant Technologies, Bozeman 7. Girlzilla, Malta 8. GTUIT, Billings 9. LMG Security, Missoula 10. Montana Precision Products, Butte 11. onXmaps, Missoula 12. Orbital Shift, Missoula 13. PFL.com, Livingston 14. Spika Design and Manufacturing, Lewistown 15. ViZn Energy, Columbia Falls To form this list, the Alliance looked for startups and growth companies either founded or headquartered in Montana that fit at least one of the following criteria: -steep revenue growth and/or working in a high-growth sector -received notable angel or venture capital investment -poised to launch high-potential products or services -plan to expand operations or add a significant number of jobs in 2017 Montana has more than 540 high tech and manufacturing companies, said Christina Henderson, executive director of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance. We hope that by featuring a small sample of the many world-class businesses we have across the state more people will see the momentum in our entrepreneurial community and seek job and investment opportunities in Montana. According to a 2016 survey conducted by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Montana's high-tech and manufacturing firms are growing seven times the overall Montana economy and paying twice the median wage. The top challenges for Montana's tech industry are finding enough skilled talent and access to capital. The Montana High Tech Business Alliance is a statewide membership organization made up of more than 300 high tech and manufacturing firms and affiliates. Company profiles are hosted at http://mthightech.org/15-montana-companies-watch-2017/

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