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Trout Tank Food Frenzy Pitch Accelerator

With the foodservice industry in Colorado set to make a huge comeback from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Denver Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are proud to present the Trout Tank: Food Frenzy Pitch Accelerator, the only Pitch Accelerator and event focused on brick and mortar hospitality businesses in Denver.

We are currently calling startups and existing hospitality businesses that are looking for exposure and funding to be a part of the program. The Pitch Accelerator will train each business on perfecting their pitch, ending in the final auditions where the top five businesses will be chosen to pitch at the Trout Tank: Food Frenzy event.

We have a powerhouse accelerator program for Trout Tank Food Frenzy participants, where you will get the opportunity to meet rock star mentors, make invaluable connections within the industry, get special access to panels and experts, and share your ideas.

Companies that are encouraged to apply: 

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Breweries
  • Food Trucks
  • Mobile restauranteurs
  • Ghost kitchens

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 4 times per year, in the spring, summer, and fall with a special event for Denver Startup Week.

Registration
Applications close on
July 5, 2021

Pitch Accelerator Sessions
July 7 – August 11 | Wednesday evenings

All sessions will be virtual

Final Pitch Event
September 1, 2021
Networking 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 Pitch Accelerator Schedule

Week 1

  • Meet the cohort happy hour and orientation. 

Week 2: 

Week 3: 

Week 4:

Week 5:

  • VIP attendance to the Food Frenzy Access Panel. Hear from top restauranteurs in Colorado.

Week 6:

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

A Special Thanks to Our Partners:

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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