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Trout Tank Food Frenzy

Wed 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
5 sessions ending Wed, Aug 7

As a headwaters state and one of the most entrepreneurial in the U.S., Colorado is positioned to be on the leading edge of water innovation, technology, and problem-solving .

Trout Tank H2O is about ensuring that the entrepreneurs who are stepping up to preserve and protect the things we love about living, working, and playing in Colorado are successful, which means we all get to continue to do the things we love.

All startups and existing businesses with a water focus are welcome to apply.

It is free to apply but only 15 companies will be accepted, be sure to apply early!


We're seeking Colorado entrepreneurs and business with a water nexus:

  • Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Water Law and Administration
  • Water Technology and Data
  • Water Conservation and Efficiency
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Watershed Health and Natural Disaster Management
  • Water Quality

Entrepreneurs and businesses along the range from early-stage startups to more established companies are welcome. If you have an idea, product, or service that addresses a water-related challenge, you are a fit for this program

What To Expect:

  • 5 three-hour sessions including pitch practice, expert panels, and interactive group work
  • Get paired with a rockstar mentor
  • Complete a pitch deck with expert help
  • Multiple pitching opportunities in a supportive space
  • Instant feedback and coaching
  • Face to face meetings with lenders and investors
  • Free registration to workshops at the Denver Metro SBDC
  • Access to a powerful alumni network of over 100 past Trout Tank companies.
  • VIP attendance to the Trout Tank Pitch Event with a demo booth for extra exposure
  • Private public speaking class and coaching
  • Special Rockies Venture Club Pitch Academy

Trout Tank is held 3 times per year, in the spring, summer, and fall.

Registration Opens
September 18

Course Sessions
October 16 - November 13
Initial Pitches and Final Auditions | 2:00-5:00 pm
All other classes | 4:00-7:00 pm

Final Pitch Event
December 11, 2019 | 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Networking and Demo Day to follow

All interested companies can apply. If you are selected, your payment is due by the beginning of the program.

Standard Trout Tank Fee

Chamber Members

Trout Tank Retake Fee

(No previous pitching experience necessary)

Interested? Email Morgan Alu at


Week 1
October 16| 2 - 5 PM

P itch for a feedback committee at the Initial Pitches
Meet the cohort happy hour
Week 2
October 23 | 4 - 6 PM

Private public speaking class and pitch practice taught by The Professional Communicators

Week 3
October 30

Special Trout Tank edition of
Rockies Venture Club Pitch Academy

Week 4
November 6 | 4 - 7 PM

VIP attendance to the H2O Access Panel

Week 5
November 13 | 2 - 5 PM

Pitch at Final Auditions for a chance to compete in the Trout Tank: Pitch Even t


Email Morgan Alu at for questions or to express interest.

See a glimpse at the last Trout Tank event where we focused on water challenges!

Founding Sponsor:
Hospitality Sponsor:

Supporting Sponsors:


Fee: No Cost

Trout Tank Food Frenzy Pitch Accelerator is a 5-week pitch accelerator that about highlighting food and beverage entrepreneurs and businesses in Colorado. Free applications close on June 24th!

Phone: 303-620-8076


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