adVenturesAcademy Pitch + Demo Day
at Outdoor Retailer Summer Show

July 24, 2018 from 4:00pm – 6:30pm at the Commons on Champa in Denver

 
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Unlocking growth opportunities at the intersection of outdoor + natural

 
 
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Outdoor + Natural
Retail crossover. Innovative distribution opportunities. Experiential engagement. Leverage efficiencies. Cross promotions. Supply chain management learnings. Shared learnings. Climate action. Be where your consumers live & play.  

 

The outdoor and natural industries have such deep alignments, shared purposes, and potentials for collaborative growth. The health and wellness ecosystem is so deeply tied to the outdoor recreation economy, all part of those things we hold most important. We couldn’t be more excited to be building this event to bring together these industries that are also at the heart of Colorado’s economy. We look forward to seeing you there.
— Luis Benitez / Director of Colorado’s Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry
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Are you

A natural products company
with products relevant for the outdoor industry – Snacks? Sunscreen? Food? Nutrition products? Personal care? Target consumer active / health-conscious / outdoor enthusiast / athlete? Apply to pitch or exhibit!

An outdoor retailer
interested in discovering the leading products your customers want? Want to learn how to effectively merchandise and market food / beverage / nutrition products that can increase customer visits + engagement (and retention)? Want to learn more so you can educate your customers how to fuel their adventures with the best products?  Attend and connect with leading natural and organic product companies.

An investor
looking at innovative companies with growth potential and traction in channels that build growth and brand value? Participate in our Entrepreneur+Investor [Tent]Pitch. Connect with high growth companies exploring crossover distribution opportunities. 

Interested in learning
about the crossover of outdoor and natural? How our industries come together to build resilient growth?    Join us. 

 

 

Program Schedule

We will kick this off with a panel discussion with key industry leaders across both outdoor and natural leading into our Pitch + Demo Day. 8 companies will be chosen to [Tent]Pitch with leading investors. We will also have 30 “demo day” natural product companies sharing their products.


4:10pm: Opening Remarks with Luis Benitez

4:25pm: Outdoor + Natural Industry Leader Panel Discussion

5:15pm - 6:15pm: Entrepreneur + Investor [Tent]Pitch

Demo Day with Leading Natural x Outdoor Companies

 
 

Speakers include

 

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Luis Benitez
Director of Colorado’s Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry

Rich Hill
President, Grassroots Outdoor Alliance

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Lauren Ivison
Managing Partner, Ridgeline Ventures


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Carlotta Mast
Senior Vice President, New Hope

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Gillian Christie
Christie & Co

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Matt Kaplan
Vice President, Outdoor Industry Association


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Mike Wallenfels
Hydro Flask

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Kim Coupounas
B Lab

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Kate Dillon Levin
Vice President, Ecosphere+


 
 

Entrepreneur+Investor [tent]pitch

Are you tired of being lunch time entertainment? The dog and pony show can get exhausting and what matters most when meeting prospective investors is actually getting to know who they are as people, how it is to work with them, and who they are when things don't go as planned, right? adVenturesAcademy was created for this exact reason and our Entrepreneur + Investor [Tent]Pitch goes beyond the traditional pitch events to connect at a deeper level. Selected companies will be paired with an investor. Either you or the investor will be blindfolded and you will have to pitch a tent together. We will dig deep in discussing what it was like to work together, what you learned about each other and what that could mean for building a company together... so much more than a powerpoint pitch can ever show. You will get to present your company to this dynamic audience while also getting to connect in a real way with leading investors. Doesn't get much better than that.

To participate in our Entrepreneur + Investor [Tent]Pitch, apply to participate in this out of the box investor pitch focused on the importance of building relationships with potential investors through a blindfolded tent pitch - really getting to know each other in a way that goes beyond the comfort zone! 

[Tent]Pitch Company Criteria:

Natural + Outdoor Companies

Relevance in Outdoor / Natural Crossover

Strong Traction + Growing Distribution / Consumer Engagement 

Economic + Impact Potential (size, growth rate, scalability, profitability, impact)

Mission-Driven / Differentiated

Revenues: $500K - $10M (beyond proof of concept and poised for growth)

 

 

 

Join us at Outdoor Retailer Summer Show to bring together leaders in the outdoor and natural industries

 
 

Would you like to Attend?

Register to Attend: $25

Join us for this dynamic event. Be sure to register and secure your spot to attend. Includes attendance + drinks / appetizers.

Quantity:
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Would you like to Pitch?

Apply to Pitch: $50

Our [Tent]Pitch goes beyond the traditional pitch events to connect at a deeper level. 8 entrepreneurs will be selected to pitch their companies. Selected companies will then be paired with an investor. Either you or the investor will be blindfolded and you will have to pitch a tent together. We will dig deep in discussing what it was like to work together, what you learned about each other and what that could mean for building a company together. Redefine diligence and build resilient growth.

Application fee is $50. No additional cost if you are chosen by our adVenturesAcademy Selection Committee.

Quantity:
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Would you like to exhibit?

Exhibitor fee: $450

If you are a natural products company and would like to have an exhibit table to showcase your products to this unique group of retailers, industry leaders, investors and more, we’d love to have you join us. The cost to exhibit is $450 and you will get a 6” table throughout the duration of the event. Your logo will also be included in outreach materials and shared with attendees.

Quantity:
Sign up to exhibit

 

Do you have any questions??

Contact Alissa Sears
Co-founder, adVenturesAcademy
Phone: 805-636-9929

 

Want To become a sponsor?

Please contact Alissa

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