Tuesday September 6, 2016 0 comments
BOULDER -- Naturally Boulder, a unique economic development initiative with nearly 1,000 members and a mission to nurture start-up natural, organic and sustainable products companies in Boulder and Colorado’s Front Range, announced registration is open for its much-anticipated annual entrepreneurial Pitch Slam and Autumn Awards event on Oct. 27.
Entrepreneurs presenting in the 12th Annual Naturally Boulder Pitch Slam and Autumn Awards event will compete for more than $25,000 in prizes, including a free exhibit booth at New Hope Network's Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural and organic products trade exposition, $5,000 cash, and a suite of free business services.
This year’s event takes place in the Glenn Miller Ballroom, University of Colorado-Boulder. Pitch Slam preliminaries – free and open to the public – will be held throughout the afternoon from 1 – 4 p.m., where 25 entrepreneurs will pitch their young companies to a panel of experts.
In the evening (registration required), from 5 – 9 p.m., after mingling, cocktails and a naturally delicious buffet, five finalists will compete before 600 industry members in attendance to select a Pitch Slam winner, to be followed by the Autumn Awards celebration.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online here. For complete information and to register, visit https://www.naturallyboulder.org/event/12th-annual-pitch-slam-autumn-awards/. Advance registration is required, and is open to members and non-members. The event is expected to sell out.
In addition to celebrating emerging brands, Naturally Boulder’s Autumn Awards Ceremony will recognize local natural and organic products leaders in the following categories:
- Breakout Brand, presented to innovative companies shaping the future of natural products in Colorado. Judges also focus on the mission driving the business, and brands that stand out in the marketplace.
- Industry Leader/Community Champ, recognizing individuals who have spent much of their career advancing the Colorado natural and organic products community.
Past Naturally Boulder Pitch Slam winners include Wild Zora, Appleooz, Compo Keeper, Dressed Up Salad Dressing, Bamboobies, Winking Girl Salsa, Goddess Garden and Evol Foods. Steve Hughes, CEO of Sunrise Strategic Partners, was recipient of the 2015 Industry Leader/Community Champ Award.
Natural and organic products entrepreneurs who are members of Naturally Boulder and whose business is based in Boulder, Denver and/or Colorado can enter the Pitch Slam by submitting a 1-minute video and application at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2990822/PS2016. Entries must be received before Oct. 1.
A new fund created to help entry-level entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, the Naturally Boulder and New Hope Network “Tremendous ROI” Scholarship Fund, will offer a limited number of partial scholarships to the paid portion of the event, including the evening Reception, Pitch Slam Finals and Autumn Awards ceremony. Those interested may apply online here with a brief statement summarizing your involvement in natural and organic products, and how receiving a discounted ticket would benefit your business. Selected individuals will receive $50 toward the ticket price.
Created in 2005, Naturally Boulder is an economic development organization dedicated to nurturing and promoting organic and natural products businesses in Boulder, throughout Colorado’s Front Range and beyond.