Pitches begin at 1:30 pm, February 15, 2018

It's Free. It's Fun

Perhaps more importantly, this event has to potential to connect you to Steamboat Springs and Western Colorado like nothing else. So, give it a try. Come for the skiing and take advantage of this incredible networking event.

All community members encouraged to come. Due to legal concerns, however, term sheets and investment opportunities will be tightly restricted to accredited investors only.

What’s the format?

  • 1:00   Doors open - Secure your seat and get an early look at some of best known and newest Steamboat companies that will have tables at our onsite expo.

  • 1:30   Intro - Learn about the incredible groundswell of support for startups in rural Colorado, inluding information about the $9M Greater Colorado Venture Fund and event sponsors Startup Colorado. You can expect a few tidbits on recent Steamboat wins as well.

  • 1:45   First Pitch - Presenters will have approximately 7 minutes to present followed by up to 7 minutes of Q&A. See the lineup below.

  • 3:00   Presentations Complete, Expo Begins - Time to Mingle. We will have cash bar with free drink tickets available for accredited investors and special guests. This is the time to trade business cards and ask detailed questions of the companies pitching. In addition, about 15 Steamboat companies will have tables set up at the Chief, showing off just a little bit of what's happening in Steamboat.

The Lineup...

Felt is the highest quality, most personal way to send real, handwritten cards and photos to friends and loved ones. Your handwriting is 100% authentic, like you wrote it with pen and paper. It’s personal mail for the modern world: beautiful, fun and couldn’t be simpler.

The Pad was created in order to accommodate the modern traveler who prioritizes experience, adventure and new friendships. We will provide a chic and comfortable hotel-hostel hybrid that is environmentally conscious and efficient in design, and is appealing to both the younger and vintage crowds.

InnovativeAg is an established provider of microgreens and other goods to Steamboat restaurants. InnovativeAg is actively expanding their mushroom growing capabilities to include container grows systems that can be sold nationwide.

Our vision at Kokopelli Packraft is to create the opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to explore nature in its most serene settings.

Do you think kids can be entrepreneurs? We know they can. We see it every day in our own community. That's why this to-be-named Steamboat company is building a new ecommerce site designed specifically to educate and enable the under 18 crowd.

A few more general concepts worth knowing...

Steamboat Launch provides a recurring, formal channel for connecting passionate entrepreneurs to the capital and mentorship they need to maximize their success. Every February and August, a few select companies have an opportunity to a pitch to a panel of accredited investors and the community at large in Steamboat Springs, CO.

The companies selected to pitch undergo an evaluation and mentoring period prior to the event to ensure the highest quality presentations and best investment opportunities. The selection process favors Steamboat and the western slope, but could include companies from across Colorado and even beyond. In addition, companies in various industries, stages of growth and capital needs will be presented to ensure broad investor appeal.

For Companies Seeking Investment

It all starts with a simple chat.

Reach out via the form below to schedule an initial talk with Four Points Funding. We start with a basic information session so that both sides can learn about the other and go from there. Companies selected to present will be asked to commit to a few practice runs prior to the event, but most companies benefit significantly from tapping the Four Points Funding mentor network as well. The entire process is free, easy and highly beneficial to companies who get a ton of qualified feedback.

Am I a good candidate for Steamboat Launch?

The event will favor companies with a tie to Steamboat and the western slope. Beyond that, there is no specific vertical being targeted, and geographic tie is not absolutely necessary. In fact, SBL will always attempt to provide a variety companies in terms of scale, vertical and location. So, if your company is investable, you are a potential candidate.

The Feb/August cycle doesn't work for me. Am I out of luck?

You’ve still got a chance. Four Points Funding sources companies all year and works with an extensive network of investors outside of Steamboat Launch. While the actual Steamboat Launch event is a great way to get exposure, it’s not the only way to find funding opportunities through our network.

What if I need funding but don't want to present to the world just yet?

A lot of our presenters are established companies with real goods looking for growth capital. Such companies have relatively low risk of IP exposure or other concerns. That's not necessarily the case for everyone, though. For example, early stage tech companies may want to keep their ideas safeguarded until after they've achieved some level of growth. If you have such concerns, we encourage you to reach out anyway to discuss less public funding options.

For Investors

What kind of presentations can I expect?

Previous rounds included companies raising between $300k - $1.2M, but those numbers are likely to change in both directions. This is a community event which will be weighted towards Steamboat companies, but the event will try to supply something for everyone. So, expect companies of various stages in outdoor rec, agriculture, medical and technology verticals. Companies for each event will be posted well in advance, and information will be made available for accredited investors prior to the presentation upon request.

I am not looking for investments, should I still come?

YES, please. You might find a company that resonates with you even if you do not intend to invest. You may also realize you would be an excellent mentor for a deserving Colorado startup. Either way, your presence will better tie you to the community and encourage our startup community. So, please come support the community and find out a little more about what’s going on in the mountain towns of western CO.

This FREE event will be held February 15, 2018, at the Chief Theater in downtown Steamboat Springs. Doors open at 1:00 PM and pitches will begin promptly at 1:30. Each company will be given approximately 7 minutes to pitch followed by 7 minutes of Q&A.

The Last (also first) event was August 18, 2017, and included 68 people, with 20 accredited investors on site. We expect the February 2018 edition of the event to be even bigger, with representation from more investors outside Steamboat and an expo of Steamboat companies to highlight our growing local businesses.

Register for February