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Trout Tank: Pitch Accelerator

Registration will open for Trout Tank: Pitch Accelerator on January 1, 2018

About Trout Tank: Pitch Accelerator

We're seeking Colorado entrepreneurs interested in participating in Trout Tank. Trout Tank is a training program and event meant to educate and integrate entrepreneurs into the business community in the Denver region. The Trout Tank: Pitch Accelerator kicks off with Initial Pitches where participants present their best five-minute pitch to a feedback committee and their peers. Once participants have completed the initial pitch, the training begins.  

The Denver Metro SBDC and its partners will provide a Funding Options Panel, and a special Trout Tank version of the Rockies Venture Club Pitch Academy, and a Funding Request Preview.  This training is meant to hone and strengthen participants pitches and prepare them for the Final Auditions.  

At the Final Auditions, each participant will get to show what they have learned and pitch one last time for a panel of judges. The top pitches will be chosen to present at the Trout Tank Pitch Event.

Preparing Your Initial Pitch:

The Denver Metro SBDC will send you a webinar to go over what you can expect at auditions and help answer any questions you may have. We will also provide a few templates to help you work on your five-minute pitch. All registrants will receive the webinar to get you started. 

Eligibility & Requirements: 

All startups and existing businesses are welcome. Companies that participate in the Initial Pitches will be entered for a chance to pitch at the main event. The Denver Metro SBDC will work with you one-on-one to continue to perfect your pitch and polish your financials during the six weeks leading up to the event. All contestants will be eligible to:
  • Pitch for a feedback committee at the Initial Pitches Date TBD
  • Attend Funding Options Panel ($50 value) Date TBD
  • Go through a special Trout Tank edition of Rockies Venture Club Pitch Academy - Date TBD ($150 value)
  • Assistance in completing a pitch deck and pitch packet
  • Attend a meeting with SBDC financial consultant and complete Funding Request Preview
  • Pitch at Final Auditions Date TBD for a chance to compete in the Trout Tank: Final Event
  • Pitch or attend the Trout Tank: Final Event Date TBD ($35 value)

  • Cost:
    Standard Trout Tank Food Frenzy Pitch Accelerator Fee - $99.00
    Trout Tank Pitch Accelerator Retake Fee - $50.00

    Email Morgan Alu at to express interest and for any questions. 

    Hear from a couple past participants below. 

    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, 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 

    Cancellation Policy:
    Event fees will only be refunded if a cancellation is made at least 24 hours in advance. Please e-mail us or call (303) 620-8026 should you need to cancel your registration. For more information or questions contact Morgan Alu at


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