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Trout Tank H2O: Pitch Accelerator





So you think you can pitch?

Trout Tank H2O: Pitch Accelerator is a 5-week pitch accelerator that about highlighting entrepreneurs and businesses with a water nexus 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 water community.

As a headwaters state and one of the most entrepreneurial in the U.S., Colorado is positioned to be on the leading edge of water innovation, technology, and problem-solving.  This is the only way Colorado will continue to be successful and thrive. Our quality of life and economy depend on it.

We want to show off the entrepreneurs who are stepping up to preserve and protect the things we love about living, working, and playing in Colorado are successful, which means we all get to continue to do the things we love.

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
Opens February 2019

Course Sessions
March 12 - April 9, 2019 | Tuesday Afternoons/Evenings

Final Pitch Event
April 30th | 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Networking and Demo Day to follow

Payment in not required at registration, but is due before fist day of class.

Standard Course Fee

Chamber Members

Trout Tank Retake Fee


Week 1
March 12 | 2:00 - 5:00pm
-Pitch for a feedback committee at the Initial Pitches
-Meet the cohort happy hour
Week 2
March 19 | 3:00-6:00 pm
Special Trout Tank H2O edition of Rockies Venture Club Pitch Academy
 Week 3
March 26 | 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Private public speaking class and pitch practice taught by The Professional Communicators
Week 4
April 2 | 4:00-6:00 pm
VIP Attendance to the H2O Access Panel

Week 5
April 9 | 2:00-5:00 pm
Pitch at Final Auditions for a chance to compete in the Trout Tank: Final 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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