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THE PITCH

We're celebrating the creativity and hustle that make Colorado's outdoor industry great.

We're looking for product-based companies ready to pitch their ideas to a community of supporters, investors, and fellow entrepreneurs.

Join Us for a night of innovation and celebration.


THE PROCESS

APPLY

Applications are now closed.

Five finalists will present their 5-minute pitch at the July 24th event. 

Please read the application criteria below and contact us with any questions regarding eligibility. 

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PITCH

Five finalists will be selected to present their product at July 24th pitch event presented by Gear Junkie at Wayfinder Co-op. A panel of judges representing investors, advisers, and fellow entrepreneurs will select a winner that best represents innovation and creativity in the outdoor industry. 

LAUNCH

Winners will be awarded 2 months' membership at Wayfinder Co-op and more than $10,000 in marketing, PR, legal, and consulting services provided by Big Fish Collective, Holland & Hart, Gear Junkie, and other sponsors. Join a few hundred of your newest fans for an epic after party at Wayfinder. 

 

THE JUDGES

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Craig Cooper

Craig Cooper is a 54 year old serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author, and TV host. He was the co-founder of Boost Mobile (USA), the Managing Director and Head of Venture Capital at Saban Ventures, and a founding Partner in the Softbank Capital Technology Fund.

Craig was also the co-host of the CNBC outdoor investment show “Adventure Capitalists” and is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of The Action Fund, an early stage venture capital fund focused on the health & wellness sector.

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AMY KEMP

Amy is the founder and owner of Mountaintop Media, an integrated marketing communications agency and one of the founders of two coworking spaces in Summit County, Colorado. Amy volunteers her time to organize Startup Weekend events, teach entrepreneurship to local students, spearhead the COILSx mountain event (Colorado Outdoor Industry Leadership Summit) and promote innovation in the outdoor industry.

 Amy’s focus is on innovation in the outdoor recreation industry and the people and passions behind these big, bold ideas.

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Chelsey Magness 

Chelsey Magness is a longtime GearJunkie contributor and world class adventure racer.

Both and athlete and an entrepreneur, she is the founder of JandCtraining, BendRacing and Endurance Mama.

Chelsey has competed in multiple Adventure Racing World Championships, Patagonian Expedition Races, and many smaller races around the world.

 
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MARC NAGER

Co-Founder of Startup Weekend and former CEO of UP Global and Chief Community Officer at Techstars. He has built and scaled programs that have served more than 500,000 entrepreneurs in over 700 cities and 142 countries around the world.

Marc and his work have been featured in many major publications including Entrepreneur, Forbes, TechCrunch, TheNextWeb, The Economist, NYT, Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg.

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Rachel Popp

Rachel is the co-founder and CEO of Big Fish Collective, an agency for brands geared towards active, healthy, sustainable and innovative lifestyles. She started her career in the marketing and PR agency business, and wouldn't have it any other way. Fast-paced, creative and always evolving, she has worked in so many industries she's lost count. From consumer products to tech, outdoor, water sports, textiles, pet, fitness, and more, as well as both the B2B and B2C spaces day-in and day-out. Rachel has a passion for experiential, digital marketing and public relations.

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Barbara bauer

Barbara is Director, Women’s Investor Network (WIN), for the Rockies Venture Club, Barbara started this new initiative to recruit and support women interested in early stage investments and prepare them to become active and engaged angel investors. Prior to this position, Barbara was the Executive Director, Myanmar, for Partnership for Change (PfC), a
Norwegian social enterprise impact investment and international development organization.

 
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DavId Camerucci 

Dave Camerucci is the Managing Director of Startup Colorado at Silicon Flatirons and serves as the Executive Director of Startup Summer.

Previously, Dave served as the Director of the University of Colorado Boulder’s year-long entrepreneurship competition, the New Venture Challenge, and the Director of Silicon Flatirons’ Startup Summer program. Prior to joining Silicon Flatirons, Dave represented startups while working with the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at Colorado Law and worked on technology policy issues with the Colorado Technology Association. 

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shawn bertini

Shawn Bertini is the Director of Technology at Four Points Funding LLC, an angel syndicate based out of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Shawn is passionate about bringing capital and mentorship to early stage businesses. In the process, improving the lives of many across Colorado, in particular on the western slope and in the mountain towns he loves.

Shawn also leads Steamboat Launch, a channel for connecting Colorado's community of passionate entrepreneurs to the capital and mentorship they need to maximize their success. The event is held every August and February in Steamboat Springs, CO. 

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Michael Dill

Mike Dill provides comprehensive legal services to all types of clients, including emerging growth companies, publicly-traded companies, private companies, private equity firms, venture capital firms, and others, at every stage of the corporate life cycle.

During his career, Mike has developed strategies and expertise in working with corporate executives, in-house counsel, and business owners attempting to achieve their key objectives. Over the course of numerous engagements, he has developed significant expertise in capital-raising transactions, securities matters, mergers, acquisitions, and strategic transactions and has become a trusted advisor to numerous clients. 

we're looking for outdoor products and companies that showcase innovation and great design. 

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Your product should be prototyped and able to be demonstrated for the pitch event. Early stage concepts or service-based ideas are not eligible. 

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ORIGINAL

Your product must be original and your own. Applicants must attest to ownerships of all intellectual property related to their product. 

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READY TO BE SHARED

This is a public event and you must be able to share your product at the event on July 24th. 

SPONSORED BY

  Wayfinder Co-op   Wayfinder Co-op is coworking for the outdoor-inspired.   At Wayfinder, you're not just another tenant. You're a member. Not only do you guide the direction and culture of the co-op, but you also get ownership through annual dividends which are shared with all members, creating a uniquely collaborative atmosphere for people inspired by the outdoors.

Wayfinder Co-op

Wayfinder Co-op is coworking for the outdoor-inspired. 

At Wayfinder, you're not just another tenant. You're a member. Not only do you guide the direction and culture of the co-op, but you also get ownership through annual dividends which are shared with all members, creating a uniquely collaborative atmosphere for people inspired by the outdoors.

   Big Fish Collective    Big Fish Collective is a marketing and public relations agency for brands geared towards active, healthy, sustainable and innovative lifestyles.   We’re your team. Your idea generator. Your incubator. Your “let’s kick-ass” cheerleaders. We’re that little extra momentum to help you lock-down  more    marketing and public relations results.   

Big Fish Collective

Big Fish Collective is a marketing and public relations agency for brands geared towards active, healthy, sustainable and innovative lifestyles. 

We’re your team. Your idea generator. Your incubator. Your “let’s kick-ass” cheerleaders. We’re that little extra momentum to help you lock-down more marketing and public relations results.

 

  OneSeed Expeditions   OneSeed Expeditions is a community of active travelers who know that there’s more to adventure than just reaching the next summit. When you travel with OneSeed, you invest in local communities through the OneSeed Microfinance Fund. Take an amazing trip, and a local entrepreneur launches or expands their small business.

OneSeed Expeditions

OneSeed Expeditions is a community of active travelers who know that there’s more to adventure than just reaching the next summit. When you travel with OneSeed, you invest in local communities through the OneSeed Microfinance Fund. Take an amazing trip, and a local entrepreneur launches or expands their small business.

 
  Startup Colorado   Led by entrepreneurs, Startup Colorado   strives to empower and sustain entrepreneurial communities across the state by amplifying a collaborative support network, making connections to key resources, and helping high-growth companies access trusted, flexible capital.

Startup Colorado

Led by entrepreneurs, Startup Colorado strives to empower and sustain entrepreneurial communities across the state by amplifying a collaborative support network, making connections to key resources, and helping high-growth companies access trusted, flexible capital.

  Berendes Media   From walking Darwin's footprints in the Galapagos Islands to backpacking the depths of the Grand Canyon, Berendes Media is able to capture stories in real time.   With an emphasis on travel video and photography Berendes Media is passionate about telling your story.  

Berendes Media

From walking Darwin's footprints in the Galapagos Islands to backpacking the depths of the Grand Canyon, Berendes Media is able to capture stories in real time. 

With an emphasis on travel video and photography Berendes Media is passionate about telling your story.  

  Holland & Hart LLP   Joe Holland and Steve Hart were highly trained lawyers who just so happened to also be Rocky Mountain climbers. In 1947 they came together to build a firm. Their philosophy was simple: keep going up, and if you get stuck, there is always another route to the top. This is where the spirit of the firm’s pioneering and innovation began.

Holland & Hart LLP

Joe Holland and Steve Hart were highly trained lawyers who just so happened to also be Rocky Mountain climbers. In 1947 they came together to build a firm. Their philosophy was simple: keep going up, and if you get stuck, there is always another route to the top. This is where the spirit of the firm’s pioneering and innovation began.

 

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

   Rockies Venture Club    The Rockies Venture Club is an angel investing group dedicated to accelerating economic development by educating and connecting investors and entrepreneurs.

Rockies Venture Club

The Rockies Venture Club is an angel investing group dedicated to accelerating economic development by educating and connecting investors and entrepreneurs.

   Four Points Funding     Four Points Funding is western Colorado's premiere angel syndicate, dedicated to finding and enabling early stage companies in Western Colorado.

Four Points Funding

Four Points Funding is western Colorado's premiere angel syndicate, dedicated to finding and enabling early stage companies in Western Colorado.

  Telluride Venture Accelerator   A 17 week hybrid on-site/remote accelerator helping founders build world class startup ventures in one of the most progressive and authentic mountain communities.   

Telluride Venture Accelerator

A 17 week hybrid on-site/remote accelerator helping founders build world class startup ventures in one of the most progressive and authentic mountain communities.   

  Stockbauer & Associates, LLC   Stockbauer & Associates provides financial, operational and administrative guidance and expertise to start-up, early stage and less mature brands.  

Stockbauer & Associates, LLC

Stockbauer & Associates provides financial, operational and administrative guidance and expertise to start-up, early stage and less mature brands.  

 

APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED

 
 
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Since 2006, GearJunkie.com has been a top source for news and product reviews in the outdoors and active-lifestyle world. With offices in Denver and Minneapolis, the publication’s journalists, writers, and video producers break stories and lead the conversation online and beyond. Millions of readers tune in to follow GearJunkie.com and our social properties. GearJunkie partners with sister company Monopoint Media on custom content, advertising, video, and design projects. We also produce events and publish a weekly syndicated column distributed in print newspapers around the U.S.