New organization aims to provide mentorship, access to capital to Montana startups

Tired of scalpers reselling tickets at inflated prices, longtime concertgoers Joel Martin and Henry Vinson decided to develop a better system.

The Montana State University graduates created a web app, Sellout, to eliminate what the pair see as the biggest issues with modern-day ticketing. After buying a ticket, the app obscures its barcode until the time of the show, preventing scalping. Sellout also has its own built-in resale system, creating a waitlist for sold-out events where customers can pass along their tickets at face value.

Martin and Vinson partnered with a team of developers out of Missoula to help build their software, and in January scored their first partner — Bozeman venue Live from the Divide.