14th Annual Pitch Slam & Autumn Awards!

Oct 18 - 19, 2018




Pitch Slam Preliminaries
& Innovation Showcase

October 18, 3-7 PM @ Boulder JCC


Pitch Slam Finals
& Autumn Awards

October 19, 4:30-8 PM @ Boulder JCC


October 18, 3-7 PM @ Boulder JCC

Pitch Slam Preliminaries & Innovation Showcase

Naturally Boulder’s Pitch Slam: sponsored by New Hope Network


Pitch Slam Preliminaries

Our biggest event of the year begins when 20 entrepreneurs pitch their young companies to a panel of experts and 600 audience members. It’s inspiring and unpredictable. But the goal is the same: get to the finals!

Apply here to pitch your company!

  • 1st Place: Free booth at Natural Products Expo West, $5,000, suite of free business services
  • 2nd & 3rd Place: Suite of free business services


Innovation Showcase

Come see, taste, and experience dozens of the most cutting-edge innovations from our region’s natural products industry. What’s hot? What’s next? See for yourself!

Email ben@bfgpartners.com to learn about presenting your company’s innovation!


October 19, 4:30-8 PM @ Boulder JCC

Pitch Slam Finals & Autumn Awards



The magic of Naturally Boulder happens mostly in-person. This reception is an annual high point as we gather together the industry’s leading manufacturers, service providers, investors, 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.



Blair Kellison is the CEO of Traditional Medicinals, an independent company that embraces sustainability, ingredient purity, and social and environmental activism.  Traditional Medicinals, a Certified B Corporation, is the leading seller of wellness tea in the U.S. and the pioneer of the wellness tea category in the U.S. and Canada.  Blair, a former CPA with Ernst & Young, worked as a brand manager at Nestle Foods. In 1995, he took a 70% pay cut and a huge risk that would become the best decision of his career — leave his business development position for a mission driven, all natural food company called Fantastic Foods. That bold move started him on the path of working in what he most believes in: mission driven, health and wellness companies.  He was CEO of Alternative Medicine, a multi-media publishing company, and he co-founded and helmed Natural Snacks.  Blair cites Traditional Medicinals’ reinvention of the standard business model as his inspiration, and is continuing the company’s fulfillment of its mission: connecting people to the power of plants.

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 2018 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 2018 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.


Early Discount ends October 1 – This WILL sell out!

Member – Day One $10;  Day Two $69;  Day One & Two: $79
Non-Member – Day One: $15;  Day Two: $89; Day One & Two: $104
Sponsor: EMAIL US info@NaturallyBoulder.org names and addresses to register free (Silver=1; Gold=2; Platinum=4; Premier=8)


Past Winners

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”