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Trout Tank H2O Pitch Accelerator

In Trout Tank: Pitch Accelerator, entrepreneurs will perfect their pitch and gain the skills they need to secure funding. This training culminates in the Trout Tank: Pitch Event, where the top businesses pitch to executives from the lending and investing communities.

Trout Tank Food Frenzy Pitch Accelerator is a  5-week pitch accelerator that about highlighting entrepreneurs and businesses in Colorado 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 investing community.

All companies are welcome to apply! 

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

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 open on January 15, 2020

Pitch Accelerator Sessions
February 26 – March 25 | Wednesday evenings
All sessions are held at the Denver Metro SBDC at
1445 Market St, Denver, Colorado 80202

Final Pitch Event
April 29, 2020
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! 

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