On September 19th, the Asheville SBTDC hosted the 2018 Outdoor Biz Pitch Competition at Highland Brewing, welcoming over 150 attendees to the inaugural event. The competition was partnered with the Outdoor Economy Conference at WCU on Oct. 5th. The Competition invited small businesses in the outdoor industry, based in the 28 western most counties to submit their plans for growth, with the five finalists invited to pitch their company and growth strategies at the event. The panel of judges included individuals from the outdoor industry, academics, and other supporting professionals who successfully challenged the participants to think critically about their companies during the Q&A portion of the competition. Congratulation to our grand prize winner Adam Masters, of "Bellyak" who took home the $5,000 prize, and, of course, we were impressed with all of the runner ups; Peter Moyle & Nick Provost, of "Gnarcissist", Patrick Clark, of "Lucky Sheep", Greg Hardy of "Rockgeist", and Judi & Dan Bruns of "Twistek". The event was an engaging night of supporting the up and coming businesses growing our local economy, and having lots of fun doing it!
Winner and past 1MCAVL presenter Adam Masters, founder of Bellyak will be taking the stage once again!