Trout Tank Pitch Accelerator
Trout Tank Pitch Accelerator is a seven-week program that is focused on highlighting entrepreneurs and businesses in Colorado. In this class, you will:
Learn what lenders are looking for
Get your financials ready for prime time
Create a pitch deck
Sharpen your pitch skills with one-on-one coaching from Professional Communicators
Build connections with fellow entrepreneurs, lenders, investors, decision-makers and key stakeholders within the Colorado Business community
Trout Tank Pitch Accelerator will help you build, hone and present your pitch, giving you the confidence and tools to help take your business or startup to the next level!
The top five pitches have the chance to win $1,500 at our Trout Tank Pitch Event!
How it works
Week 1: Customer Data & Customer Acquisition | March 7, 2024 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Characterize customer segments and profiles
- Determine target customers
- Create marketing and customer acquisition plan
- Create customer journey and an outreach strategy
Kris Hefley: Marketing Program Director and Associate Professor, Johnson & Wales University and President, PresentFutures Group
Kris is a marketing consultant with the SBDC and has over 30 years of marketing experience with his own marketing consultancy working with client/companies such as General Motors, BMW Motorcycles, Pepsi, Vail Resorts, HUD and the State of Alaska. Hefley has also taught college level marketing and sales for 19 years at Johnson & Wales University, Regis University, and for numerous sales executive associations in the United States.
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
- 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
Throughout Trout Tank: Pitch Accelerator, you will be able to sharpen your pitching skills, gain exposure 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.