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Monday, May 02, 2016

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2016 Road Pitch Event Scheduled!

Shelburne, Vermont…. Road Pitch, a five day motorcycle tour of Vermont in which a gang of “business bikers” (comprised of investors, entrepreneurs and business advisors) ride around the state and stop in various towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts has announced its 2016 schedule. Road Pitch was founded in 2014 by Cairn Cross co-founder of FreshTracks Capital. “I gathered together close to 30 other founding riders during 2014” said Cross, “and we proved the Road Pitch concept by riding 500 miles through Vermont stopping in various towns and listening to more than 30 pitches. In 2015 we heard 42.” The idea behind Road Pitch is to bring advice and possibly investment to businesses around the state and to help connect entrepreneurs to various resources that are available to them and to promote Vermont as a perfect motorcycle touring destination.
For 2016 Road Pitch will stop in 10 towns during the first week in August. The schedule is:
Monday August 1st (morning), opening stop in Essex Junction at Green Mountain Harley Davidson. The local event coordinator is Greg Morgan. He can be reached at gsmorgan@yahoo.com
Monday August 1st (afternoon), Rutland. The local event coordinator is Lyle Jepson. He can be reached at: lyle.jepson@castleton.edu.
Tuesday August 2nd (morning), Bennington. The local event coordinator is Brian McKenna. He can be reached at: brian.mckenna@dbmckenna.com.
Tuesday August 2nd (afternoon), Brattleboro The local event coordinator is Orly Munzing. She can be reached at: orlymunzing@gmail.com.
Wednesday August 3rd (morning), Barre at the Granite Museum. The local event coordinator is David Rubel. He can be reached at: drubel@communitynationalbank.com.
Wednesday August 3rd (afternoon), Randolph at VTC. The local event coordinator is Daniel Smith. He can be reached at: dsmith5@vtc.vsc.edu.
Thursday August 4th (morning), St. Johnsbury at the Catamount Art Center. The local coordinator is Joe Kasprzak. He can be reached at: jkasprzak@stjvt.com.
Thursday August 4th (afternoon), Lowell, “Barn Pitch.” The local event coordinators are Steve Mason and Trish Sears. They can be reached at: steve@kingdomcommons.com or trish@kingdomcommons.com.
Friday, August 5th, (morning), Hyde Park at Green Mountain Technology & Career Center. The local coordinator is John Mandeville. He can be reached at: john@lamoilleeconomy.org.
Friday, August 5th, (afternoon), Champlain Islands. The local coordinator is Jan Marinelli. She may be reached at: jan@champlainislands.com
Entrepreneurs interesting in pitching their business concept to the riders should contact the local event coordinator in their town or region and make an application. Each local event will screen the applicants and select and coach the final presenters. The event is open to both start up and established businesses. More information about the Road Pitch event is available on the Road Pitch website at www.freshtracksontheroad.weebly.com
About Road Pitch: Road Pitch is a multi-day motorcycling event where motorcyclists with investing, business advising or entrepreneurial experience ride through Vermont stopping in small towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts. Riders provide advice, connect the entrepreneurs with resources where appropriate, and occasionally make an investment in a business opportunity. The ride also promotes Vermont as a terrific place to do business as well as a perfect motorcycling destination with lots of scenic twisting roads, picturesque small towns, and plenty of locally sourced food and beverage.
About FreshTracks Capital: (www.freshtrackscap.com) is a venture capital firm based in Shelburne, VT with 3 funds and 30 portfolio companies. Some of the firm’s most notable Vermont investments include: EatingWell (acquired by Meredith), Vermont Teddy Bear, Draker Energy, NEHP (acquired by Critical Process Systems), Quirky, Ello, Bridj, Faraday, and SunCommon. FreshTracks focuses its investment in private growth-oriented businesses, primarily companies in Vermont or in close geographic proximity to Vermont. The firm was founded by Cairn Cross and Charlie Kireker in 2000, and is currently managed by General Partners Cairn Cross, Tim Davis & Lee Bouyea, whose bios can be found here.
Contact: John Mandeville
Lamoille Economic Development Corporation
Phone (802) 888-5640
Fax (802) 851-1136 P.O. Box 455
Morrisville, VT 05661

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