Accelerating the Growth of Innovative Businesses in the Active-Outdoor Industries — and the Individuals Who Lead Them

Camber Outdoors’ Pitchfest drives innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in the active-outdoor industries through:

>>  a 10-week intensive remote mentoring program
>>  a pitch event in front of an audience of over 350 business leaders, investors, and media
>>  one-on-one time with an esteemed feedback panel

Now in its fifth year, Pitchfest has expanded to include both womxn and minority-owned businesses.  This 10-week intensive remote mentoring program for women and minority entrepreneurs ends with a live “pitch” event to some of the active-outdoors industries’ most influential CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders.

Showcasing the future of the active-outdoor industries, the Pitchfest event is held prior to Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and is a fast-paced and interactive, can’t-miss event featuring 6-8 innovative businesses. Each finalist has 5 minutes to articulate their business opportunity and hurdle followed by 7 minutes of rapid-fire questions and feedback from a panel of illustrious judges.

Women-led and minority-led businesses that believe in Camber Outdoors’ guiding principles, are committed to business growth, and are focused on the active-outdoor industries are encouraged to apply.

Event Information

Camber Outdoors Pitchfest
Monday, June 17
1:00pm – 4:00pm
(followed by networking after the event 4:00pm – 5:30 pm)

The Kirk of Highland
3011 Vallejo St, Denver, CO (map)

Register for Pitchfest

This event is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE to register.


Congrats to our 2019 Pitchfest finalists who will be participating in the 10-week mentoring program and will pitch their companies on June 17th prior to Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, CO.

2019 Pitchfest Finalists

Arrive | Rachelle Snyder | Los Angeles, CA
Arrive is an outdoor experience company that rents premium outdoor gear with delivery anywhere in the continental United States. By providing a convenient and cost-effective alternative to buying, maintaining and storing gear, Arrive is transforming the $184B outdoor gear and services industry by better serving the experience-driven consumer.

Backcountry Pulse | Rachel Sapp | Boulder, CO
Backcountry Pulse is a for-profit philanthropic wilderness medicine company that empowers through education, propels diversity and representation within outdoor leadership, and serves wildlands and global communities.

College Outside | Sarah Lockwood | Carpinteria, CA
College Outside is a gear vendor and sales channel for the field of outdoor education. They created a streamlined purchasing tool for this important and underserved demographic, and their mission is to introduce more students and young people to the outdoors by providing outdoor education coordinators and their participants with quality gear, expert advice, and institutional discounts.

Color Outside | Nailah Blades | Salt Lake City, UT
Color Outside is the go-to resource for women of color wanting to create soul-stirring, joy-filled, adventurous lives. Through curated adventure experiences, transformational coaching and community, Color Outside helps women of color unlock where they’re feeling stuck so that they can fully step into their joy and shine.

Kind Apparel | Mallory Ottariano | Missoula, MT
Kind Apparel creates adventure-ready wearables for gals who get after it. They are known for their bold patterns (hand-drawn by founder Mallory Ottariano), and their sustainable fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles…making technical clothing for life.

Rsport | CJ Riggins | Lafayette, CO
Rsport was founded to give Athena and Plus-size athletes high performing technical apparel built for their unique needs. They are building Athena-size performance apparel so more people can participate and enjoy the outdoors and the activities they love! The goal is to allow more to ROAR.

Step By Step Run | Iman Wilkerson | San Diego, CA
Step By Step Run is changing the way people travel and run around the world by developing PacePartner, a mobile lifestyle app where runners will be able to dial into the local running community, hire a local run buddy to explore the city with, or find a race last minute all in one place while they travel or in their home city. 

Zize Bikes | Joan Denizot | Glouchester, MA
Zize Bikes are custom designed, engineered, and built to support riders up to 550 pounds.  Providing top-of-the-line parts and frame, with each component studied and maximized for efficiency, strength, and comfort, Zize Bikes opens up the amazing and fun world of cycling to the overweight and obese.


Business submissions needed to meet the following criteria:

  • Submit a 2-minute video along with your application no later than March 15
  • Identify as a Founder, Entrepreneur, Business Owner and/or Innovator
  • Agree to commit to the program and attend weekly remote meetings, mentorship activities and be engaged in the full 10-week program.
  • Confirm that I can attend and participate in the pitch practice, as well as the Pitch Event on Day 0 of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (June 17, 2019)
  • Commit to creating a supportive environment with other entrepreneurs and leaders and giving back to the Pitchfest and Camber Outdoors community
  • Actively seek candid feedback, mentorship and learning opportunities through Pitchfest
  • Has launched and has plans to scale their business – in size, impact and/or scope
  • Identify as a women and/or minority and their business is 1/3 women- and/or minority-owned and led.
  • Committed to implementing the Camber Outdoors mission of equity for all in the outdoors and equity for all in their company.
  • Their company is related to the active-outdoor industries


Thank you to our Pitchfest 2019 sponsors:

Fa’al Ali
Founder, Eazy Media

Gregg Bagni
Director, White Road Investments

Thea Chase
Startup Consultant

Andrew Grant
Partner, Perkins Coie

Jen Gurecki
Founder, Coalition Snow

Ashley Nager

Ashley Nager
Program Director, Telluride Venture Accelerator

Anne Patterson
Principal, InventoryGuru

Ben Rifkin
CEO & President, Ten Eighty Capital

Mona West
Chief Growth Officer, Heroclip

Kevin Hamilton
Partner, Perkins Coie

Sue Heilbronner
CEO, MergeLane & Leadership Camp

Alissa Sears
Co-Founder, AdVentures Academy

Praful Shah
Chairman of the Advisory Board, Principium Investments

Susan Viscon
SVP Merchandising & Co-op Brands, REI Co-op

Formerly the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC)


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