Exclusive Outdoor Company Pitch Event Returns to Bend


Bend Outdoor Worx (BOW), Central Oregon’s outdoor industry accelerator, announces the return of BOW BreakOut, a pitch event created solely for outdoor companies and BOW BootCamp sessions. This year’s event will be held October 22, 2022, at the Open Space Event Studio in Bend.

BOW’s popular BreakOut event is returning this Fall for the fifth production of the outdoor product pitch event. For 2022, the four early or growth-stage companies, which made up BOW’s most recent cohort (Cohort #7), are preparing to pitch at the culmination of the program on stage at Open Space Event Studio during the BreakOut event. The companies received mentorship over a period of four months from BOW’s industry founders and guest mentors. They will compete for cash no-strings-attached prizes.

The pitch companies are:

  • Moon (Memphis, Tennessee) — Portable vehicle awnings for Adventurers. com
  • Esplori (Bend) — Custom sprinter van conversions. com
  • Tailgate Industries (Bend) — Lightweight and portable snowboarding and Ski google covers. com
  • Tough Cutie (Austin, Texas) — Premium hiking socks for women. com

As part of the evening’s entertainment curated for outdoor enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, Keynote speaker Stephen Sullivan, the CEO/founder of Stio will present. Stio, a mountain lifestyle brand headquartered in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has a thriving direct-to-consumer business and seven storefronts, with a new Mountain Studio retail location in Bend. Sullivan is also a co-founder of Cloudveil and is a former vice-chairman of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.

The day of the event, BOW will again host BootCamp sessions, a series of educational events to give start-up businesses the knowledge and tools to help them advance to the next level. Panelists include top industry experts and will highlight sessions on funding, digital sales and marketing and founders’ stories.

BOW BreakOut and BootCamp sessions are presented by Stio, Northline Wealth Management, Robert Axel Project, Old Man Mountain, White Summers Law, City of Bend, Ruffwear, Tokyo Starfish, Price Fronk, U.S. Bank, Village Family Capital, Algofy, Oregon Outdoor Alliance and Ten Barrel Brewing.

For more information and tickets to the events, visit bendoutdoorworx.com or Eventbrite.com. Tickets are limited for all events and are expected to sell out quickly. Companies interested in pitching at this event in the future can apply for BOW’s next cohort at application.bendoutdoorworx.com.



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