Computer science graduate student wins UM fall startup pitch

Montana is the number one state for startups two years running, according to the Kaufman group, which analyzes a variety of economic factors in determining the ranking. Are students are among the states’ entrepreneurs.

Evin Ozer, a master’s student in the University of Montana computer science department, won 2015’s annual University of Montana fall startup pitch competition held Dec 14th. The competition was stiff, with 14 other competitors. Ozer is a co-founder of Montana Root Applications, the company behind Ozer’s winning pitch.

The product, called Solar Screen, an innovative approach to skin care. According to the company, “the Solar Screen App monitors the intensity of the sun and alerts you to UV changes via an easy to understand color changing icon.” We congratulate Evin on his winning and wish him luck with his app, which is available at or the Google play store.


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