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Road Pitch Schedule and Prize Package Announced

Friday, May 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Couture

The fifth annual FreshTracks Road Pitch will be held July 30 through August 2. Road Pitch is a four-day motorcycle tour of Vermont in which “business bikers” comprised of investors, entrepreneurs and business advisors stop in eight Vermont towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas.

Entrepreneurs interested in pitching their concepts or existing businesses to the riders should contact one or more of the local organizers to apply for a pitch slot. At each of the eight stops, the riders will award a “Riders Choice Prize” of $500 and a special edition “Vermont Biker Bear” contributed by Vermont Teddy Bear. Each stop is open to public viewing.

Schedule and local contacts

Monday, July 30 AM – Essex Junction. Greg Morgan – gsmorgan@yahoo.com

Monday, July 30 PM – Hyde Park. John Mandeville – john@lamoilleeconomy.org

Tuesday, July 31 AM – Lowell. Trish Sears – trish@kingdomcommons.com, Steven Mason steve@kingdomcommons.com

Tuesday, July 31 PM – Bennington. Troy Richardson – troy@lightningjarvt.com

Wednesday, August 1, AM – Rutland. Karen McCalla – kmccalla@millriverschools.org

Wednesday, August 1 PM – Brattleboro. Orly Munzing – orlymunzing@gmail.com, Jim Verzino jim@strollingoftheheifers.com

Thursday, August 2 AM – St. Johnsbury. Tara Holt –director@discoverstjohnsbury.com

Thursday, August 2 PM – Barre, apply here: http://cvedc.org/road-pitch-2018

A final statewide “Pitch-Off” event will be held at Champlain College on October 17. The top Road Pitch participants from around the state will be invited to pitch for a grand prize of $5,000 and a year of business mentoring from the Road Pitch riders.

“We are grateful that Champlain College will again host the final Pitch-Off event this year” said Cairn Cross, Road Pitch Founder and Co-Founder of FreshTracks Capital. “The final event will bring together the best pitches from the summer’s Road Pitch for one final pitch competition.”

Road Pitch helps connect Vermont entrepreneurs to resources such as capital and advice, and helps entrepreneurs polish and refine their pitching skills. The statewide event also helps communities build stronger entrepreneurial ecosystems, and showcases entrepreneurs and business opportunities to potential private investors, while promoting motorcycle touring and rider safety.

“I am often asked to give an example of a successful outcome experienced by a Road Pitch participant,” said Cross. “In 2016 Jen and Steve Swanson pitched their startup cricket farm to the rider group during the Essex Road Pitch event and won the local competition. While they did not win the final statewide Pitch-Off event, Jen and Steve gained the attention of several riders who worked with the company for more than a year to craft a business plan and make the company ‘equity ready.’ In late 2017, Flourish Farm, an indoor cricket farming operation was born, with a $600,000 investment led by some members of our Road Pitch riders’ group, including serial entrepreneur Alan Newman, who is now Board Chairman of Flourish Farms.”

For information about Road Pitch, the riders, as well as valuable pitching tips, visit www.roadpitch.co.


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