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 judging 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 womxn 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.

Womxn-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. They will be judged based on the criteria below:


  • Submit a 2-minute video along with your application no later than March 15 (deadline extended)
  • 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 womxn and/or minority and their business is 1/3 womxn– 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


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Thank you to our Pitchfest 2018 sponsors:

Gregg Bagni
Director, White Road Investments

Thea Chase
Director, Southwest Innovation Corridor

Ben Rifkin
President, Royal Street Investment & Innovation Center

Todd Stockbauer
Entrepreneur, Brand Builder, Strategist

Andy Boyd
Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Ashley Nager

Ashley Nager
Program Director, Telluride Venture Accelerator

Jake Boyd

Jake Boyd
ALLGOOD Provisions

Walden Hyde

Parisi Marketing

Perkins Coie

Advanced CFO

Outdoor Industry Association

True Communications


Cheryl Kellond
Entrepreneur, Concept-to-Launch Expert

Mona West
Marketing and Product Management Executive

Perkins Coie LLP

Formerly the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC)


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