3-Day Adventure Festival in June Will Give Outdoor Entrepreneurs the Chance to Go Head-to-Head With Other Startups

Monday, May 1, 2017 — This June, along the banks of the mighty Columbia River in Hood River, Oregon, six startups will compete for the opportunity to pitch for entry into Bend Outdoor Worx (http://bendoutdoorworx.com), a leading startup incubator for the outdoor industry. The event, OUTFOUNDER, is a startup competition for up and coming products and services related to the outdoors and adventure-sports industry.


On June 10, in between kiteboarding, yoga, mountain biking and enjoying the outdoors while networking with outdoor innovators and brands at the inaugural OUTFOUND Series festival, outdoor industry focused startups from across the globe will have the chance to participate in OUTFOUNDER and pitch their big idea before a panel of judges from Bend Outdoor Worx.  

Startups in the following categories will be competing: 

  • Adventure Sports Gear and Services
  • Sports Tech and Lifestyle Products
  • Fitness and Health
  • Environmental Sciences and Conservation

There are two levels of the OUTFOUNDER / Bend Outdoor Worx startup competition:

Venture Stage: geared toward companies that are either pre-revenue or very limited revenue (less than $50k annually) and operate withing the outdoor industry. Venture stage companies will have 5 minutes on stage to make their presentation (without audio / visual support) followed by an audience Q&A period of 5 minutes. Audience votes will determine the winner of the venture stage competition. 

Growth Stage: geared towards companies that have at least $50k in annual revenue and operate within the outdoor industry. Growth Stage companies will have have 7 minutes on stage to make their presentation, followed by 10 minutes of audience Q&A. Bend Outdoor Worx mentors will choose the winner of the Growth State category.  

Applications were due May 1; competitors to be announced mid-May. 

The first event of its kind, OUTFOUND Series festival offers three days of bliss for the outdoor enthusiast: activities, food, music, lightning talks, an expo, and OUTFOUNDER, the startup competition. Sponsors include Red Bull, Vibram, and Dogfish Head Beer. 

Learn more about OUTFOUND Series

OUTFOUND Series Founders - Antonio Arsaenz (L) and Drew Newmann
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