Menu

Specially curated to help your small business succeed

Your Connection to Events & Resources

Trout Tank H2O Pitch Accelerator

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.

Trout Tank H2O: Pitch Accelerator is 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.

We want to ensure the companies 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.

All startups and existing businesses with a water focus are welcome to apply.

It is free to apply but only 15 companies will be accepted, be sure to apply early!

We’re seeking Colorado entrepreneurs and business with a water nexus:

  • Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Water Law and Administration
  • Water Technology and Data
  • Water Conservation and Efficiency
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Watershed Health and Natural Disaster Management
  • Water Quality

Entrepreneurs and businesses along the range from early-stage startups to more established companies are welcome. If you have an idea, product, or service that addresses a water-related challenge, you are a fit for this program.

What To Expect

  • 5 sessions including pitch practice, expert panels, and interactive group work
  • Introductions to rockstar mentors
  • 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 130 past Trout Tank companies
  • VIP attendance to the Trout Tank Pitch Event with a demo booth for extra exposure
  • Private public speaking classes and coaching
  • Special Rockies Venture Club Pitch Academy
IMPORTANT DATES

Trout Tank is held 3 times per year, in the spring, summer, and fall with a special event for Denver Startup Week.

Registration Closes
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL OCT. 17

Pitch Accelerator Sessions
October 23 – November 20 | Wednesday evenings
All sessions are held at the Denver Metro SBDC at
1445 Market St, Denver, Colorado 80202

Final Pitch Event
December 11, 2019
Networking and Demo Day to follow

INVESTMENT

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

Interested? Have questions? Contact Morgan Alu at morgan.alu@denversbdc.org.

Trout Tank H20 Pitch Accelerator Schedule

Week 1

  • Pitch for a feedback committee at the Initial Pitches
  • Meet the cohort happy hour

Week 2: 

Week 3: 

Week 4:

  • VIP attendance to the H2O Access Panel

Week 5:

  • Pitch at Final Auditions for a chance to compete in the Trout Tank: Pitch Event

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.

  • 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

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 accept 15 companies in each Trout Tank: Pitch Accelerator class.

  • LEADING EDGE students (past and present): $75
  • Trout Tank Retake fee: $75
  • Chamber members: $75

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.

See a glimpse at the last Trout Tank event where we focused on water challenges! 

In Partnership With

FOUNDING SPONSOR:
HOSPITALITY SPONSOR:
SUPPORTING SPONSORS:
Scroll to Top