MONTHLY CHANCE MEETINGS
OCTOBER 7th, 2019 - 5-7 pm @ The Rose (50 West Broadway)
Sometimes all you need is the right connection and a little inspiration. Well, what are you waiting for? Come find both at our free monthly networking event. You never know...
Theme: Two Minute Drills— the Mini-Pitch
An elevator speech is "a short description of an idea, product or company that explains the concept in a way such that any listener can understand it in a short period of time. This description typically explains who the thing is for, what it does, why it is needed, and how it will get done." Join us on October 7th to hear elevator speeches or "mini-pitches" from three of our local companies: Marea (formerly Coven), Rinord, and HighPoint Ciderworks (formerly Solitude Ciderworks) will present their "what, why and how" to the audience, followed by Q&A. Please come support these entrepreneurs and learn how to perfect your own "mini-pitch."
NEWS AND NOTES
Accounting Deliberate Dollars Bootcamp:
Personal Money Management
Deliberate Dollars Bootcamp is a multi-session workshop to help participants set up personal finance systems. Solid personal finances are foundational to any small business owner’s success. This workshop series is in the beta testing stage and I am in need of 4-8 people who are interested in participating at a reduced cost. Are you looking for a structured setting in which to dive deep into the role money plays in your life? The goal of this bootcamp is to help participants take action through the development of a cashflow system that works for him/ herself, supports life priorities and financial goals and paints a clear path forward. To be clear, this workshop is not advising on investments. Topic to be covered include our feelings about money (the elephant in the room), money in/ money out, emergencies, dreams, debt, cash flow systems (including automating finances) and paying yourself first. The workshop includes 14 - 16 hours of instruction and 3-4 hours of personal one on one discussions. An application is required and due by October11! For more information and to request an application, email Megan Smith at email@example.com.
If you missed Pitch Day, don't despair- the Pitch Day 2019 video now available on YouTube. Click here to watch.
Pitch Day Presenters Reap Rewards
The 8th annual Silicon Couloir Pitch Day (“like that shark show, Teton-style”) took place on Sept. 5th at the Center for the Arts. By all accounts, the 2019 version was perhaps the best-attended and most stimulating Pitch Day ever. The Panelist Grand Prize Award of $7,500, along with the Bob Arndt Community Character Award comprising $1,000 plus a coveted spot in the Silicon Couloir TEAMS mentor program, went to Powwater for their venture to sell reusable water bottles and cups to fund clean water projects around the globe. Tana Hoffman and Mountainist won the Audience Award, including $2,500 and six months of complimentary membership at the Silicon Couloir Cowork Space for her presentation on her goal to provide female outdoor enthusiasts with sporting equipment designed specifically for women.
Executive Director Gary Trauner remarked, “I could not be happier at how my first Pitch Day as Executive Director turned out – primarily due to the quality of the 6 entrepreneur finalists who presented their ventures to the public. The show is for and about them and they all stepped up in a big way!”
He went on to say that, “The feedback we received from the finalists has been overwhelmingly positive. Rob Torti of Authentag stated that doors had opened up for him since he presented; Mikey Franco of Franco Snowshapes said he got just what he wanted –'prospective orders for snowboards;' Tana Hoffman of Mountainist relayed that she has received interest from potential business partners as well as investors; Chris Dickey from Visably relayed that he had already conducted two follow-up angel investor meetings with more expected; Scott Fitzgerald of Buddy Pegs hit the road with a tailwind for his bike media company after the event; and Grand Prize winners Jack Hartpence and Ellie O’Neil of Powwater had too many product collaboration, angel investor and closed sales deals to list them all.
“Success at Pitch Day means success for our presenting ventures, as well as inspiring others in the audience and our region to engage their entrepreneurial spirit and turn ideas into action. I’d say based on those criteria, Pitch Day 2019 was an overwhelming success.” said Trauner. “I can’t wait to see what 2020 has to offer.”
Give'r to Launch Kickstarter for Mittens
Give'r announces a Kickstarter campaign for new mittens that follow the design of the 4-Season Gloves. The crowdfunding campaign will start on October 8th here. Founder Bubba Albrecht said the company wants 500 to 800 backers and hopes to distribute the mittens before winter kicks into high gear.
First-day backers will receive 40% off the eventual list price. There will be a limited quantity at that rate, then other tiers will have lower discounts.
As always, please feel free to send news of your company's press, events, successes, and milestones to Gary@siliconcouloir.com and we'll do our best to feature them in our newsletters!
ARE YOU A COMMUNITY CARETAKER?
Silicon Couloir strengthens our Teton regional community by empowering the entrepreneurial ecosystem. More than just business development, we believe in enriching our community character and enhancing our mountain town culture. Help us support business pioneers in the Tetons by becoming a community caretaker!
To offer your time or talent, please email us at Gary@siliconcouloir.com.