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Trout Tank Food Frenzy: Pitch Event

With 275,000 workers employed by the food service industry in Colorado, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Denver Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are proud to have partnered with Denver-based airport concessionaire Mission Yogurt, Inc. to present the Trout Tank: Food Frenzy Pitch Accelerator, the only Pitch Accelerator and event focused on brick and mortar hospitality businesses in Denver.

See the top businesses out of the accelerator who are chosen to pitch at the Trout Tank: Food Frenzy event.

The finalists are:  

You can read about all of our finalists right HERE.
Trout Tank Food Frenzy judges are:
  • Lorena Cantarovici - Founder, Maria Empanada
  • Robert Thompson - Founder & CEO, Punch Bowl Social 
  • Jeff Hermanson - Founder & CEO, Larimer Associates
  • Kathleen Schafer - Vice President, Mission Yogurt, Inc. 
  • Mike O’Donnell - Executive Director, Colorado Lending Source

You can read about all of our judges HERE.

This event is the culmination of a powerhouse accelerator program where Trout Tank Food Frenzy participants get the opportunity to meet rock star mentors, make invaluable connections within the industry, get special access to panels and experts.

The Pitch Event will be followed by a happy hour and Demo Day - a unique and exclusive opportunity for Trout Tank Pitch Accelerator participants to showcase their ideas, share their business, and engage with the region’s funding, startup, and community.

August 30th, 2018 | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Networking and Demo Day to follow

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

1445 Market Street 
Denver, CO 80202


General Admission - $35.00
VIP Investor/Lender Tickets - $50.00
Community Partner (5 VIP Tickets) - $200.00
Bronze/Silver Denver Metro Chamber Member - $20.00
Gold Denver Metro Chamber Members - Complimentary

*Food and Beverages are included in all ticket prices*

See the final event for Trout Tank H2O in August!


"As an early-stage entrepreneur, it was extremely helpful to see where an idea needs to get to in order to be presentable and worthy of investment."
-Trout Tank Attendee  
Anyone that has a business and wants to see it succeed, you need to be here. There’s so many things that we didn't even know until we got here that they really helped establish what it takes to be a successful business. We don’t have holes in our business plan now.”
-Will Kelsay, Co-Founder of Dirt-Tri Magazine, Winner of Trout Tank Spring 2016

Competing in the Trout Tank is not just about getting in front of lenders and’s about the process of distilling your vision down to 10 to 15 slides and communicating your dream in a compelling fashion in five minutes. The most valuable part of the entire process is the journey you take to get yourself prepared. Give yourself and your business the gift of playing full out.”  
-Greg Durocher, Safe Ride 4 Kids, Winner of June 2015 Trout Tank 



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