2 DAYS! 13th Annual Pitch Slam & Autumn Awards
Oct 12 - 13, 2017
Our biggest event of the year!
Who will YOU send to Expo West & WIN the prize pack?
Registration is Required in Advance
Registration opens September, 2017
Pitch Slam Preliminaries
You can deliver a pitch if:
- you’re a Naturally Boulder member
- your company has been in business for at least a year with demonstrated revenue
- your business is in the greater Boulder / Denver area
- even if you’ve pitched previously
What to know before you pitch:
- TWO minute pitch. THREE minute Q/A
- You may use up to one slide
- Those selected to pitch must provide the slide in advance (instructions will be provided)
- Additional visual aids and/or samples for judges are welcome
- Five finalists go to the Pitch Slam Finals
- These details also apply to the Finals, but no Q/A
- The judges’ and audience vote determine the winner
- Paid registration is required to attend the Reception and Autumn Awards. Pre-registered Pitch Slam Finalists will be refunded.
- 1st place prize includes a free booth at Expo West, $5,000 cash, and a suite of free business services
- 2nd & 3rd place prize includes a suite of free business services
- 4th & 5th place prize includes free Naturally Boulder membership
Announced September, 2017.
The Audience is also a Judge!
If you’re in the audience for Pitch Slam Finals, you’ll hear five Pitch Slammers pitch their young company… then you’ll vote who should win our 2017 Pitch Slam! The audience vote will carry the same weight as each of our other four judges! And the winning company will receive a Prize Pack that can change the course of their business forever.
The magic of Naturally Boulder happens mostly in-person. And this two-hour reception is an annual high point as we gather together the industry’s leading manufacturers, service providers, investors, employees, retailers, and buyers.
We’ll delight you with an organic and natural buffet and passed appetizers, mingling, free drink tickets, and the Pitch Slam showcase rooms.
Pitch Slam Finals & Autumn Awards
Pitch Slam Award
From the multitude of promising young brands achieving early successes, only one company will be recognized as the Naturally Boulder 2017 Pitch Slam winner!
Breakout Brand of 2017 Award
This award will be presented to a Colorado-based company which, over the most recent 12 month period, has significantly raised its profile via breakthrough innovation, accelerated market performance, media buzz, philanthropic efforts or other means. Although we take into reasonable consideration a company’s long-term financial viability, we also place emphasis on the company’s product set, business model, and mission and purpose. Must have at least one person in organization who is a Naturally Boulder member.
Industry Leader / Community Champ Award
This award will be presented to an individual who has advanced the Colorado natural products community through deliberate and considerate advocacy, mentorship, and/or leadership. Consideration is given to the length and depth of commitment the individual has demonstrated to the Colorado natural products community. Must be a Naturally Boulder member.
Pitch Slam: Frau Fowler
Breakout Brand: Lucky’s market
Industry Leader / Community Champ: Jane Miller
Pitch Slam: Wild Zora
Breakout Brand: Quinn Popcorn
Industry Leader / Community Cham: Steve Hughes
Pitch Slam: Appleooz
Best Young Business: Noosa Yoghurt
Company of the Year: Boulder Brands
The Lance Gentry Breakthrough Innovation Award: Quinn Popcorn
Lifetime Achievement: Joan Boykin
Pitch Slam: Compo Keeper
Best Young Business: Alfalfa’s Market
Company of the Year: WhiteWave Foods Company
Local Hero: Bryce Winton Brown
Focus on the Future: Silk
The Lance Gentry Breakthrough Innovation Award: Goddess Garden
Lifetime Achievement: Mo Siegel
Pitch Slam: Dressed Up Salad Dressing
Best Young Business: Boulder Soup Works
Company of the Year: Door to Door Organics
Local Hero: Joan Boykin
Focus on the Future: Teatulia
The Lance Gentry Breakthrough Innovation Award: Cheribundi
Lifetime Achievement: Paul Repetto
Pitch Slam: Bamboobies
Best Young Business: New Planet Beer
Company of the Year: EVOL Foods
Local Hero: Chef Ann Cooper, The Renegade Lunch Lady
Lifetime Achievement: Hass Hassan
Pitch Slam: White Girl Salsa
Best Young Business: Bhakti Chai
Company of the Year: Rudi’s Organic Bakery
Local Hero: Ramona Clark, Growing Gardens
Lifetime Achievement: Steve Demos
Pitch Slam: Goddess Garden
Best Young Business: MIX 1
Company of the Year: Eco-Products
Lifetime Achievement: Mark Retzloff
Pitch Slam: Sticky Fingers Cooking
Pitch Slam: “Under Research”
Pitch Slam: Phil’s Fresh Foods (later changed to evol Foods)
Pitch Slam: “Under Research”