We require that companies have proven market traction and initial revenue. Revenue means that at least one consumer has bought your product/service and/or you have outside investors. Market traction includes awards, letters of intent, funding, track record with similar businesses, partnerships, etc.
Yes, you can still apply if you are a co-founder, your business is at least 1/3 women-owned, and a woman is in a key leadership position (ex. CEO, president).
Yes. We are open to all business models and types!
Yes. We are open to all business models and types - even non-profits. Being a non-profit ourselves, we believe that non-profit businesses can have a profound impact on our industries. We would love to consider your non-profit business for the Pitchfest.
Yes. We encourage you to apply if you are a small business and are committed to growth. Even if you are doing well with your business, the exposure, pitch training and mentorship we provide can help grow your business even more.
As long as your company has a focus and market traction in the active-outdoor industries, you are welcome to apply. We fully support finding a fit for your business in multiple industries.
Yes, as long as you meet all of the requirements, such as being able to attend Pitchfest in person on Day 0 of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.
Yes. Your growth challenges does not have to be financially based. If selected as a finalist, your pitch will be focused on identifying, framing, and articulating challenges and solutions to your business growth. The judges will give you live feedback on your challenges and next steps.
Yes. Assuming you meet all of the applicant criteria and you were not chosen as a finalist last year we encourage you to apply again.
Formerly the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC)
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