Peak Pitch '07 Gives Entrepreneurs a Lift

Peak Pitch 07 Gives Entrepreneurs a Lift
We invite entrepreneurs to tune their skis- and their pitch!
Middlebury, VT & Bolton, VTJanuary 15, 2007FreshTracks Capital announces the return of Peak Pitch Vermont on March 1st, an event that gives entrepreneurs and investors an opportunity to network on the slopes of the Bolton Valley Resort. Peak Pitch brings entrepreneurs and investors together for a unique version of the classic "elevator pitch." In the traditional elevator pitch, entrepreneurs take advantage of an unexpected opportunity to share an elevator ride with a potential investor and present their business idea.
At Peak Pitch, a shared chairlift gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business plans to a variety of venture capitalists, angel investors, commercial lenders, and other entrepreneurial advisors as they ride up a mountain on a chair lift. Last year we had a great turnout for a day of skiing, fundraising and networking, said Lee Bouyea of FreshTracks Capital. The Bolton Valley location was perfect, allowing entrepreneurs to pair off with an investor at the base of the Timberline Lodge, pitch their business plan on the ride up, and then take a quick cruiser back down to the base for another lap.
The Peak Pitch 07 program will include a series of events organized by local hosts to support entrepreneurial communities across Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Local hosts include the Borealis Ventures (New Hampshire and Maine), FreshTracks Capital (Vermont), High Peaks Venture Partners (New York) and Long River Ventures (Massachusetts). The Series Sponsor is Village Ventures, of Williamstown, MA
Peak Pitch 2006 was a super experience last yearit took entrepreneurs and investors out of offices and put them onto the slopes where they could communicate in an informal manner, noted Matt Harris, Managing General Partner for Village Ventures. It makes good sense for Village Ventures to sponsor this series of events. Our Partner Funds invest in local markets where there is great intellectual capital but little or no venture capital, places where there are entrepreneurs creating meaningful businesses. Peak Pitch helps us reach those entrepreneurs in an innovative context.
The Peak Pitch Vermont 2007 event is sponsored by: FreshTracks Capital, the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC), Gallagher Flynn & Co., Key Bank, Merritt, Merritt & Moulton and the Vermont Department of Economic Development. To register as an investor or entrepreneur for the event, please visit www.peakpitch.com now. For more information on the event, please contact Meagan Pryor at 603-643-1500 or meagan@borealisventures.
About Peak Pitch 2007
The Peak Pitch 07 program will include a series of events to support the entrepreneurial community across Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Dates, locations and local hosts are as follows:
March 1 Bolton Valley, VT Hosted by FreshTracks Capital
March 2 Mt. Wachusett, MA Hosted by Long River Ventures
March 9 Mt. Sunapee, NH Hosted by Borealis Ventures
March 16 Gore Mt., NY Hosted by High Peaks Venture Partners
March 23 Sunday River, ME Hosted by Borealis Ventures
To learn more about the Peak Pitch 2007 series, please visit our website: www.peakpitch.com
About FreshTracks Capital
FreshTracks Capital I is an early-stage venture fund based in Middlebury, VT, combining the financial resources of $11 million in venture capital with the strategic resources needed by entrepreneurs to build thriving businesses throughout Vermont and surrounding U.S. geographies. Its founding partners, Cairn Cross and Charlie Kireker, were joined in the third quarter of 2005 by Lee Bouyea and Tim Davis.
www.freshtrackscap.com.
About Village Ventures
Village Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm investing in exceptional entrepreneurs building information technology and life sciences companies in emerging domestic geographies. Village Ventures identifies promising investment opportunities in partnership with its nationwide network of 13 early stage venture capital funds that are focused on these emerging domestic geographic markets. By combining local Partner Fund capital and hands-on investment practices with Village Ventures' centralized services and national network, Village Ventures helps create compelling and innovative companies.
www.villageventures.com