Why Road Pitch?
“About a year ago, I was encouraged to participate in the Road Pitch contest to further my early startup, TREES ROI. The opportunity forced me to step way outside my comfort zone to tell a concise and compelling story about our business idea in only 7 minutes. I didn’t win the prize, but learned a lot, got great advice, gained confidence, and made contacts with people in our community whose kindness continues to motivate and inspire me to change the world. (… maybe I did win!). Good luck to all my fellow entrepreneurs and remember: if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough! Road Pitch 2016 ONWARD.”
– Marie Ambusk, Founder Trees ROI, presented at Essex Road Pitch event 2015.
Road Pitch was founded in 2014 by Cairn Cross, co-founder and managing director of FreshTracks Capital. The event is a multi-day motorcycle trip around Vermont where a pack of motorcycle riders with investing, entrepreneurial/business and business advisory experience ride together and stop in small towns where “Local Hosts” have organized a pitch session for entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to the group. The goals of Road Pitch include:
- Connect Vermont entrepreneurs to resources such as advice and capital.
- Promote interpersonal networking and camaraderie in Vermont’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
- Help entrepreneurs polish and refine their pitching skills.
- Showcase entrepreneurship in Vermont through a highly visible annual event.
- Find investible opportunities for private investors/source capital for entrepreneurial businesses.
- Promote motorcycle touring and various destinations in Vermont while having fun and riding safely.
During 2014 Road Pitch was held August 4th – 7th with stops in Middlebury, Manchester, Bellows Falls, White River Junction, St. Johnsbury, Lowell, and Morrisville and a wrap up networking event in Essex Junction. There were approximately 30 “founding riders” who rode in the event for one or more days. 28 entrepreneurs made a “pitch” to the rider group. The pitches presented by entrepreneurs ranged from startup ideas to businesses that had been in business for many years and had seven figures of revenue. Please see Appendix A below for 2014 press links and further information.
During 2015, Road Pitch was held August 3rd – 6th with stops in Essex Junction, Bennington, Brattleboro, Rutland, Randolph (Vermont Technical College), Lowell, Morrisville and South Hero. There were approximately 45 riders who rode the event for one of more days. 40 entrepreneurs presented pitches to the rider group.