Pitchfest FAQ


Does my company need to have generated revenue in order to be eligible to apply?

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.

I am not the founder, but I am a co-founder. Can I still apply?

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).

My business is not product based. Can I still apply?

Yes. We are open to all business models and types!

I have a non-profit business. Am I eligible?

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.

I have been running my company for a few years, have some traction, and have raised some early stage capital, am I eligible to apply?

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.

My company is in multiple industries, including the outdoor industry. Can I still apply?

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.

My business is based outside of the United States. Can I still apply?

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.

What if I am not looking for funding? Can I still apply?

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.

I applied last year. Can I apply again this year?

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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