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Trout Tank Sustainability Pitch Accelerator

Trout Tank Sustainability: Pitch Accelerator is about highlighting entrepreneurs and businesses involved with water and other environmental sustainability industries. 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 sustainability community.

Trout Tank Sustainability is about ensuring that the entrepreneurs 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.

Companies in the following industries are invited to participate:

  • Water
  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Cleantech
  • Bioscience
  • Beverage Production 
  • Transportation and mobility
  • Manufacturing
  • Public health

Entrepreneurs and businesses in Colorado, from early-stage startups to more established companies, are welcome. If you have an idea, product, or service that addresses a water-related or environmental sustainability 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 4 times per year, in the spring, summer, and fall with a special event for Denver Startup Week.

Registration
Applications close on
February 12, 2021

Pitch Accelerator Sessions
February 17 – March 17 | Wednesday evenings

All sessions will be virtual

Final Pitch Event
April 28, 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

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

Week 2: 

Week 3: 

Week 4:

  • VIP attendance to the Sustainability Access Panel

Week 5:

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

Bonus:

  • Water impact session

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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