Our goal is to build lasting relationships with innovative thinkers and help early stage businesses achieve success. To do that, C2M beta provides entrepreneurs two things you can only get with Blackfoot – access to our advanced network infrastructure + access to our network of leaders, experts and customers.

We like to think of it as our Network+Network Approach.

Today, nearly every business transaction requires a data connection. As part of the open innovation experience, Blackfoot will provide C2M beta participants access to its advanced broadband, cloud, voice and data technologies – all riding on our network, one of the largest and most reliable in the region.

In addition, C2M participants will have access to Blackfoot’s network of people – leadership, subject matter experts, customers and partners. Each participant will work with a dedicated coach and multi-disciplinary team. Plus, participants will have a unique opportunity to partner with Blackfoot to deliver solutions to an already established customer base of nearly 20,000 residences, SMBs and enterprise companies across the Pacific Northwest.

Our Process

Each quarter, C2M beta will host an Open Innovation Session and invite entrepreneurs to meet our team and discuss their business venture. From these sessions, we will select a handful of individuals to be a part of the cohort and participate in the lab experience.

The open innovation lab is a six-month accelerator program. Each participant will work with a dedicated mentor and multi-disciplinary team. Based on the participant’s unique needs, the team will provide a combination of business, technical, marketing and project support, plus help strategize and identify goals.

We’re looking for innovative business ideas related to healthcare, banking, media, telecommunications and more that leverage cloud, wireless, big data and analytics, IoT or AI technologies.