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Trout Tank Pitch Accelerator

Trout Tank CPG Edition: Pitch Accelerator highlights CPG food and beverage entrepreneurs and businesses in Colorado, 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.

Apply now to push your brand forward! It’s free to apply, but only 15 companies will have an opportunity to audition for the Denver Startup Week event.



Important Dates

Registration Opens: Aug. 8, 2022
Registration Closes: Aug. 31, 2022
Pitch Accelerator Sessions listed below


Contact Christopher Goetz at


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

Standard Trout Tank Fee $150.00
Denver Metro Chamber Members $100.00
Trout Tank Retake Fee $75.00

4 sessions including pitch practice + interactive group work
Complete YOUR pitch deck with expert help
Get VIP attendance to the Trout Tank Pitch Event and our demo booth
Pitching opportunities for YOU in a supportive space
Get instant feedback and coaching
Meet with lenders and investors
Access a powerful alumni network of over 130 past Trout Tank companies

How it works

Trout Tank FAQs

We, along with our partners, have designed Trout Tank to educate and integrate entrepreneurs into the business community and serve as a platform to connect them with funding sources and connections they need to be successful.

  • Two 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

Throughout Trout Tank: Pitch Accelerator, you will be able to sharpen your pitching skills, gain exposure, secure funding and build connections with lenders, investors, decision-makers, and key stakeholders within the Colorado business and investing community.

We welcome all companies—from beginning stage startups to existing businesses looking to expand.

Yes, both founders and co-founders are welcome to apply.

Yes, you are eligible, as long as you have a specific financial ask.

Yes, as long as you meet all the requirements, and are able to attend all trainings and events in person.

Absolutely! Assuming you still meet all of the criteria, you are welcome to go through the program as many times as you would like.

Yes, you are both welcome to do so, but that is not recommended.

Only key leadership roles are able to pitch (ex. Founder, Co-Founder, CEO, President, etc.).

Following the final auditions, the top 3-5 companies are chosen to pitch at the Trout Tank: Final Event. Those not chosen will be given booth space to demo their product during networking.

The judging panel is made up of key partners and business leaders within the Denver region.

The event is open to the public, but we invite lenders, investors and business leaders to attend.

No problem! That’s what this process is for.

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