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Trout Tank Pitch Accelerator


Grow your network, perfect your pitch, and compete for the $1000.00 cash prize! 

Trout Tank Food Frenzy Pitch Accelerator is a 5-week pitch accelerator that about highlighting food and beverage entrepreneurs and businesses in Colorado and giving them opportunities to sharpen their pitching skills, gain exposure, secure funding, and build connections with lenders, investors, decision-makers, and key stakeholders within the Colorado business and investing community.

All food and beverage companies are welcome to apply! 

It is free to apply but only 15 companies will be accepted, be sure to apply early!

What To Expect:

  • 5 three-hour sessions including pitch practice, expert panels, and interactive group work
  • Get paired with a rockstar mentor
  • Complete a pitch deck with expert help
  • Multiple pitching opportunities in a supportive space
  • Instant feedback and coaching 
  • Face to face meetings with lenders and investors
  • Free registration to workshops at the Denver Metro SBDC
  • Access to a powerful alumni network of over 100 past Trout Tank companies. 
  • VIP attendance to the Trout Tank Pitch Event with a demo booth for extra exposure
  • Private public speaking class and coaching
  • Special Rockies Venture Club Pitch Academy

Trout Tank is held 3 times per year, in the spring, summer, and fall.

Registration Opens
May 31, 2019
Cohort will be announced on June 28, 2019

Course Sessions
July 10 - August 7 
Initial Pitches & Final Auditions | 2:00-5:00 pm

Final Pitch Event
August 28, 2019 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Networking and Demo Day to follow

All interested companies can apply.  If you are selected, your payment is due by the beginning of the program.

Standard Trout Tank Fee

Chamber Members

Trout Tank Retake Fee

Apply for trout tank food frenzy
(No previous pitching experience necessary)

Interested? Email Morgan Alu at

Week 1
July 10 | 2 - 5 PM

Pitch for a feedback committee at the Initial Pitches
Meet the cohort happy hour
Week 2
July 17 | 4 - 6 PM

    Private public speaking class and pitch practice taught by The Professional Communicators

 Week 3
July 24 | 4 - 7 PM

     Special Trout Tank edition of Rockies Venture Club Pitch Academy

Week 4
July 31 | 4 - 7 PM

VIP attendance to the Food Frenzy Access Panel

Week 5
August 7 | 2 - 5 PM

     Pitch at Final Auditions for a chance to compete in the Trout Tank: Pitch Event

Trout Tank FAQS


Email Morgan Alu at for questions or to express interest.


Anyone that has a type of 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

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, 

See a glimpse at the last Trout Tank event where we focused on water challenges! 

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