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Adventure Pitch 2023

October 25, 2023 @ 10:15 am - 11:45 am MDT

$15,000 Awaits the Top Startups in Outdoor Recreation, Environment, and Wellness!

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Building any startup is an adventure. But building an outdoor startup? That takes true grit

Building any startup is an adventure. But building an outdoor startup? That takes true grit

Calling all visionary entrepreneurs trailblazing in outdoor recreation, the environment, and wellness to showcase their passion and grit at Adventure Pitch! At Adventure Pitch, entrepreneurs get a platform to amplify their message with a 5 minute pitch to a community of like-minded trailblazers, investors, and customers and the chance to win $10,000!

Adventure Pitch (Oct 25) is the culminating event of the 2023 Outdoor Economics Conference (Oct 23-25) and is presented by the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division with CNM Ingenuity. NM ORD works to ensure that all New Mexicans gain from the public health, environmental, and economic benefits of sustainable outdoor recreation. CNM Ingenuity supports economic development in New Mexico by providing educational and training programs, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, and creating partnerships between Central New Mexico Community College and local businesses and industries.

What You’ll Experience

  • Culminating event of the Outdoor Economics Conference
  • Audience of investors, economic developers, peers, customers, and more
  • 5 minute pitches with slides from up to 6 amazing startups
  • 5 minutes of questions for the judges
  • Judges are a combination of investors, economic developers, outdoor professionals, and successful entrepreneurs.
  • Pitchers get free access to the entire Outdoor Economics Conference


  • Core offering that touches outdoor recreation, the environment, or health and wellness
  • Headquartered in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Texas, or Oklahoma
  • High-growth potential

Pitch Judging Criteria:

  • Team
    • What is your team’s industry knowledge, unique skills, key relationships, and prior success and/or failures?
  • Market and High-growth potential​
    • Do you have a clearly defined target market? How will you scale and grow your markets over the next few years?
  • Product​
    • What is it? What is its unique value proposition?
  • Traction​
    • Do you have at least a Minimum Viable Product? How well are you gaining customers and revenue and by what metrics? If you are pre-revenue, why will your customers buy and how have you validated your market?
  • Competitive Advantage / Differentiation​
    • Why will you succeed? How is your product/company different and better? What is your unfair or sustainable advantage?
  • Impact to New Mexico​
    • If your company is not from New Mexico, how will you grow in or positively impact New Mexico?


  • 1st Place:  $10,000
  • 2nd Place:  $3,000
  • 3rd Place:  $2,000


  • Bowdacious Bowrest: Our mission is to revolutionize the way you shoot, adventure, & savor the great outdoors. Join us on this exhilarating journey, where your bow’s accuracy & range are maximized, success is in your sights, & your connection with nature is richer than ever.
  • Buttnski: is women owned & operated in Summit County, Colorado and makes elevated clothing for adventures playground, without sacrificing style for performance. The brand was inspired by a fleece short from the 80’s that keeps your butt warm on cold chairlifts while you ski.
  • GILZ LLC: is a New Mexico based social venture dedicated to revolutionizing personal air pollution protection products. The GILZ Clean Helmet enables helmet wearers to breathe clean air and maintain comfort in any environment while meeting industry safety standards and merging cutting-edge technology with style.
  • Rezosystems: is a software development company located in Taos, New Mexico. Our business focus is building software application for the outdoor recreation industry and we currently have 4 active software platforms in the market.
  • Snowy Optics Inc:  revolutionizes eyewear. Our breakthrough technology provides a sleek, ultra-portable, and lightweight sunglass design to fit every face and every style. Made from renewable and biodegradable materials, Tandem Eyewear reduces your discomfort and your carbon footprint!
  • Trail 9 Outdoors: is a veteran and minority owned small business, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Established in 2018, the owner, Steven Alderete, has been working diligently to improve and perfect the design of his US patented HyDry System. Trail 9 Outdoors is now entering the full production phase of the development cycle.

2023 Judges


October 25, 2023
10:15 am - 11:45 am MDT
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Santa Fe Convention Center
201 W Marcy St
Santa Fe, NM 87501


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