Holy smokes! Powder_Pitch 2.0 did NOT disappoint! In fact, it truly exceeded all of our expectations. In case you’re new here, Powder_Pitch is the quintessential Colorado networking event for mentors, investors, and entrepreneurs currently enrolled in our Ascent accelerator program. An essential part of our 12-week program is not only matching the companies in our cohorts with world-class mentorship, but also suppporting their fundraising intiatives. So we created Powder_Pitch as a really unique way to create intentional moments to connect, while catskiing at Monarch Mountain. Because we are the Central Mountain Ascent after all, and at our very core are driven by nature.

One of the biggest highs over the course of the two days was seeing the quality of connections in the cats. We got to witness formative memories in brand new relationships, happening in real time. If you want to see exactly what community and collaboration over competition looks like, look no further than Powder_Pitch. Of course we couldn’t create experiences like these without the next-level support from our partners and sponsors. We’d like to extend a very special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Collegiate Peaks Bank for supporting this event since its inception last year. And a huge thanks to Monarch Mountain,  Elevation Beer Co, and DRAM for championing innovation and entrepreneurship in Chaffee County as well, and to the one-and-only Amanda Podesta for making it up the mountain with us to capture these beautiful moments so perfectly.