2021 Sun Soil Water Pitch Competition

The Sun Soil Water Summit Pitch Competition is supported by the Pueblo Food Project and Southern Colorado Innovation Link. The Pitch Competition invites local and state food related business to pitch their ideas to a stellar panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes, technical assistance, and program scholarships. 
FAQ's and Rules
For inquiries: scil@pueblocc.edu or info@pueblofoodproject.org
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Application opens on August 20th
and close September 20th
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Competition Information

All participants in the 2 pitch tracks of the competition will be needed to give a 5-minute pitch in person (at Pueblo Community College) on November 12th, 2021.
5-minute investor pitch, followed by 3 minutes of Q/A from the judges
Presentation with visuals using PowerPoint, pdf, or Google Docs is required.
Companies We're Looking For
Any business can apply if their business model, product and or services relate to food and agriculture systems:
      Consumer Packaged Goods (Food/Beverage)
      Applied Technologies related to food and farming
      Restaurants, Food Retail
      Cottage Industry
      Agricultural Products

We welcome, any companies that are working in related fields, that have a growth strategy, and a defined problem/solution statement should apply to this competition.

Proof of Concept Stage
Prototype – Visual or Physical demonstration of functionality
Definition of customer problem and solution
Requirements: 1 or more Founders that will be working full time on their business within the next 6 months.
Market Validation Stage
Minimum Viable Product has been deployed with a customer base. For some companies this can mean their first 10 paying customers or first 100 beta customers; wherein the product market fit can be shown to investors.
Requirements: 1 or more full time founders
Timeline

August 20th
Applications Open
August 25th
Virtual Information Session and Q&A presented
by SCIL 
September 20th
Applications Close
September 6th - 24th
SCIL and selection committee review applications
September 28th
All applicants will be notified of advance to 2nd round of review
September 30th - October 7th
Semi-Finalists will be required to give a practice pitch to the selection committee and answer questions related to their business with the committee.
Finalists announced on October 11th.
Judging 
The Sun Soil Water Summit Pitch Competition judges and potential investors are recognized in the food and beverage industry globally.

Walter Robb
Former Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market Founder, Stonewall Robb
Bill Jordan
President, Whole Foods Market - Rocky Mountain Region
Darcy Landis
Forager, Whole Foods Market - Rocky Mountain Region
Carlotta Mast
Senior Vice President and Market Leader, New Hope
Mark Retzloff
Co-founder and President, Flock Regenerative
Representative
from Pueblo Economic Development Corporation
Prizes and Incentives
Proof of Concept Category
1st Place - 1K$ cash prize
Finalists will receive a Tuition Scholarship into the 2022 Entrepreneur Incubator Program through the Pueblo Food Project.
Market Validation Stage
1st Place - $3,500 cash prize
2nd Place - $1,000 cash prize
Honorable Mention - $500
In-Kind Prizes
Total of $10,800 from SCIL for technical assistance for all finalists
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