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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!

Important Dates

Sessions begin: Thursday, August 15, 2024 | 4-7 p.m.
Final Pitch Event: Thursday, September 26, 2024


Contact Christopher Goetz at


Standard Trout Tank Fee: $500
Early Bird Registration (Apply Before February 29): $395
Trout Tank Retake Fee: $250
Leading Edge Fall 2023 Graduate Fee: $250
Space is limited!

7 sessions including pitch practice + interactive group work
Complete YOUR pitch deck with expert help
Pitching opportunities for YOU in a supportive space
Get instant feedback and coaching

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
  • 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.

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