15th Annual Pitch Slam & Autumn Awards

Oct 24 - 25






15 entrepreneurs. 3 minutes to pitch. 1 grand prize winner.


Click here for criteria and costs: Pitch Slam and Innovation Showcase

Naturally Boulder’s largest annual event of the year is a two-day pitch competition. We invite 15 entrepreneurs to the stage to pitch their young companies to a panel of experts and over 600 audience members. Each competitor has three minutes to pitch, three minutes of Q&A from the judges and the same goal: to win a free booth at Natural Products Expo East, a guaranteed opportunity to pitch at the Expo East Pitch Slam, and a robust suite of business services from our sponsor community! It’s a game changer.

But that’s not all – the Innovation Showcase will feature nearly 100 established companies’ newest products or services. We also give out two Autumn Awards to the Breakout Brand and Industry Leader/Community Champ at the Pitch Slam finale! Are you excited yet? Buy your ticket here.

New Hope Network is the proud sponsor of Naturally Boulder’s Pitch Slam!


Day 1

Pitch Slam Showcase,

Innovation Showcase &

Pitch Slam Preliminaries 


When: October 24, 2019
Where: Boulder JCC (6007 Oreg Avenue, Boulder, CO 80303)
Recommended Attire:
Smart Casual
Early Registration (until October 11, 2019):
$20 for Members
$30 for Non-Members and Guests
Standard Registration (October 12 – 22, 2019):
$25 for Members
$35 for Non-Members and Guests
Refund requests will be honored until October 21 at 12:00 p.m.
3:00-7:00 PM – Hors d’oeuvres, Innovation Showcase, Pitch Slam Showcase
5:00-7:00 PM – Pitch Slam Preliminaries

The magic of Naturally Boulder happens when we gather together. Join the in
dustry’s leading manufacturers, service providers, investors, retailers and buyers for a dynamic cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres. Explore the Innovation and Pitch Slam Showcases before watching 15 entrepreneurs take to the stage to pitch their businesses!


Click here for criteria and costs: Pitch Slam and Innovation Showcase


Day 2

Pitch Slam Showcase,

Innovation Showcase,
Pitch Slam Finale &
Autumn Awards Ceremony

October 25, 2019
Where: Boulder JCC (6007 Oreg Avenue, Boulder, CO 80303)
Recommended Attire: 
Festive cocktail party
Early Registration (until October 11, 2019):
$69 for Members
$89 for Non-Members and Guests
Standard Registration (October 12 – 22, 2019):
$89 for Members
$109 for Non-Members and Guests
Refund requests will be honored until October 21 at 12:00 p.m.
3:00-6:00 PM – Cocktail reception and buffet, Innovation Showcase, Pitch Slam Showcase
6:00-7:30 PM – Pitch Slam Finale and Autumn Awards Ceremony
7:30-8:00 PM – Dessert reception

The Innovation Showcase, Pitch Slam finale and Autumn Awards ceremony is a time to celebrate industry trailblazers. Join us for a lively cocktail reception, natural buffet dinner and to explore the Innovation and Pitch Slam Showcases. Cheer on three Pitch Slam finalists as they compete for the Pitch Slam Award, as well as two community members who will be honored with the Breakout Brand Award and the Industry Leader/Community Champ Award. Wrap up the evening with a dessert buffet and cocktail reception to celebrate the 2019 award winners and members like you who make Naturally Boulder the vibrant, supportive community that it is.


Click here for criteria and costs: Pitch Slam and Innovation Showcase



Learn about the 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 2019 Pitch Slam winner! If you’re in the audience for the Finals, you’ll hear five Pitch Slammers…then you’ll vote! The audience vote carries the same weight as each of our other judges! And the winning company will receive a Prize Pack that can change the course of their business forever.


Breakout Brand of 2019 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 of 2019 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.


2018 Prize pack – Over $100,000 in cash and services!
Provided here as a reference as we build the 2019 Prize Pack! 


Naturally Boulder –  $5,000 Cash and Free Memberships
New Hope Network – Free Booth at Natural Products Expo West
Danone North America – $20,000 in Booth Design with Condit Exhibits to Support Expo West Experience
Compass Natural Marketing – Free Authoring and Distributing Press Release to Support Expo West Experience
SPINS – Free Category Snapshot
Faegre Baker Daniels – Free Legal Services
Polsinelli – Free Legal Services
KO – Free Legal Services
Sunrise Strategic Partners – Free Strategy Session
Ridgeline Ventures – Free Strategy Session
BIGR – Free Strategy Session
Capital Value Advisors – Free Strategy Session
Bluprint – Free Strategy Session on Experiential Sampling
Fresh Ideas Group – Free New Product PR & Digital Campaign
Whole Brain Consulting – Free Consulting
Customer Marketing Group – Free Consulting
Amplio – Free Amazon and Digital Marketing  Consulting
Food Business Consulting – Free Services Tailored to the Winner’s Needs
NSF International – Free Non-GMO or Gluten-Free Certification
Notogroup – Free Organizational Design Consulting and Executive Search Support
Makeena – Free Premium Package: Loyalty and Engagement Platform
Bobo’s – Free Strategy Session: Early Stage Business Management
Hope Foods – Free Two-Day Intensive: Operations Management Advisory
1908 Brands – Free Mentoring: Sales, Marketing, Financial, Operations Management
KMG- Kinneberg Management Group – Free Half-Day Workshop with Analysts, Category Managers, Store Ops Groups
Primeflex – Free Credit: Labels, Flexible Film, Wrappers
Belmark – Free Pre-Press
ePac Boulder – Free Custom Flexible Packaging
Leapin Lizards Labels – Free Banner and Product Labels
Impact Hub Boulder – Free Membership


2018 Innovation Showcase Companies:

Provided here as a reference as we build the 2019 Innovation Showcase! 

34 Degrees
Alpine Start
Ardent Mills
Authentic Leadership for Naturals
Backyard Soda Co.
Beyond Broth
Binnie’s Coconut Butter
Birch Benders
Boulder Bake
Boulder Organic Foods
Boulder Sun
Casa Alvarez
Charlotte’s Web
Chef Soraya
Cocktail Squad
Colorado Label and Packaging
Daydream Dessert Co.
Deline Box
Empact Bars
ePac Boulder
Green Belly Foods
Growing Spaces
Hop Tea
Hope Foods
I and love and you
Inspo Network
Jackson’s Honest
Khala Cloth
Know Brainer
Little Secrets
McCauley Family Farm
Moxie Sozo
New Hope Network
Nytro  Jack
Organic India
Performance Tea
Punk Rawk Labs
Purely Elizabeth
Room 214
Rooster & Lark
Rowdy Mermaid
Seed Ranch Flavor Co.
Simple Startup
Telos Foods
The Brand Chefs
The Good Crisp Company
The Jackfruit Company
The Seaweed Bath Co
WishGarden Herbs
Yo Bucha

Past Winners


Pitch Slam: Picaflor
Breakout Brand: Bobo’s
Industry Leader / Community Champ: Justin Gold

Pitch Slam: The Honest Stand
Breakout Brand: Goddess Garden
Industry Leader / Community Champ: Sylvia Tawse

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 Champ: 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”