Bend Outdoor Worx Announces 2023 Co-hort


Bend Outdoor Worx (BOW), an outdoor-specific accelerator, has announced the selection of their 2023 co-hort. The businesses chosen to participate include Broke Supply Company, a fresh look on equine accessories and apparel; Packasport, innovative cargo carriers for people who crave adventure; and MODL Outdoors, a buildable ecosystem of flexible adventure essentials. Broke Supply Company is based in Bend, Packasport In New York and MODL Outdoors is headquartered in Colorado.

“We are continuing to offer our new hybrid format, mixing multi-day, in-person sessions with online gatherings and have found great success with this structure,” says Gary Bracelin, BOW’s founder. “This arrangement allows us to offer more accessibility and flexibility, attracting stellar companies from all across the country and furthering Bend’s position as a hub of the outdoor industry. We’re also excited about the addition of several dynamic new co-hort mentors, along with a new enhanced curriculum, and believe this will be one of our best years ever.”

An outdoor-specific industry accelerator, Bend Outdoor Worx was conceived in 2013, offering mentorship, infrastructure, related resources and industry connections to help outdoor companies scale, become more sustainable and successful. Over the years, the program has grown substantially and gained international recognition, and companies who have completed BOW’s program have shown impressive records of success. For a full alumni list, visit

About BOW:
After assessing common needs from outdoor industry businesses, Bend Outdoor Worx (BOW) was initially conceived in 2013 by Gary Bracelin, a long-time Bend resident and outdoor industry expert. BOW was officially launched in April 2014, when additional industry experts Eric Meade, Justin Rae and Will Blount joined Bracelin. The founders represent various skill sets and a multitude of experience with successful organizations. In the past year, outdoor industry expert Meg Chun joined as a new core mentor with the group, and Christie Dobson was brought on as operations director.

This year, Rob Little, a previous co-hort member with Cairn, and Jessie Thomas, a previous co-hort member with Picky Bars, have joined as co-hort mentors. A deep pool of additional extended mentors also lend their expertise to the BOW curriculum. For additional information on BOW, contact Gary Bracelin at


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