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Road Pitch rolls out 2017 winners

Monday, August 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Couture

The fourth annual FreshTracks Road Pitch, was held July 31through August 4 2017.

Road Pitch is a five-day motorcycle tour of Vermont in which more than 60 “business bikers” (comprised of investors, entrepreneurs and business advisers) ride to 10 Vermont towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts, The 10 winners have been named and will now gear up for the statewide pitch-off October 19 at Champlain College.

The 2017 riders listened to a total of 44 business presentations. Each pitch was scored by the judges (riders) on predetermined criteria with the highest scoring presenter at each location awarded a “Riders Choice Prize” of $500 and a special edition “Vermont Biker Bear” contributed by Vermont Teddy Bear. Each stop was open to the public for viewing.

The riders heard from a wide variety of Vermont entrepreneurial companies including food and beverage product companies, software companies, advanced manufacturing companies, clothing companies and natural products companies.

Below is the list of winners from each location and their business summaries

Essex Junction - MajorWise
MajorWise is a software platform we have created that we sell to college career centers, high schools, and state departments of labor. Our platform helps schools/departments better connect students with internships, volunteering, and learning opportunities. We do this by automating local outreach to help these organizations find more local opportunities for students to gain experience and develop essential skills.

Grand Isle - Sustainability Benefits
More and more companies want to help their employees see the real financial and environmental payoffs from smart investments. Offered like a traditional benefit, similar to flex spending and other wellness offerings, our service allows employers to advance corporate sustainability initiatives beyond the office walls while providing a valuable benefit to employees.

Lowell - Vermont Chalky Paint
Vermont Chalky Paint is a non-toxic paint that’s Mined, Manufactured & Made in Vermont. Paint on wood, metal, glass and hard-to-paint plastic with ease! No priming – no sanding, just paint! No waxing is required, yet high-traffic surfaces such as floors, countertops or cabinets may benefit from our non-toxic alternative to polyurethane, our Vermont Chalky Paint Clear Coat or Decoupage formulas.

Rutland - Fire Technologies International, LLC
Fire Technologies International LLC, a small Vermont firm with an extensive firefighting background, has taken the supervision and control of the individual fire hose discharges on a fire apparatus to a new level.

Bennington – Valt
Valt is freeing internet users from the tedium of password management and the threat of digital identify theft with a new approach to password management. Valt users lock their passwords behind an automatically generated random master password that is translated into a series of images, which are easier to remember than text. Users can access their Valt across all their devices, allowing them to manage, generate and instantly retrieve any of their passwords, never wasting another moment being locked out of a site.

Brattleboro - Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind
Smoked Maple Syrup is versatile and dynamic. It blends and punctuates. Use it in glazes and marinades, sauces and gravies, soups and stews, indoors and out, to bring your culinary experience to the next level. We gently infuse the richest and darkest pure maple syrup with hardwood smoke to create this magical and all natural addition to American cuisine. Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind is made from real maple syrup and real hardwood smoke – nothing else added.

Randolph - Edgeworks Creative

“Edgeworks Creative provides an end-to-end suite of interactive eLearning tools for instructor-led corporate training in both classroom and remote settings. Our unique platform is used by global brands and local businesses alike.”

Barre - Whistlekick

Whistlekick is a provider and distributor of branded gear, accessories and clothing for martial artists. The company seeks further market penetration with increased marketing of its brand by expansion of its product lines with higher quality products, including media offerings such as books and internet content.

St. Johnsbury - Biochar Waste Management
Biochar, a carbon product produced from plant matter, is used to improve water quality & quantity, and to increase the retention of nutrients in the soil. As a soil enhancer, biochar is an important tool to increase crop yields. Sustainable biochar is a relatively inexpensive technology, widely applicable and scalable. The Pions have designed, built and customized a continuous-flow biochar machine which can be used in the northeast for filtration systems to address nutrient runoff challenges.

Hyde Park - Potlicker Kitchen
“Potlicker Kitchen specializes in beer jelly, wine jelly, unique small-batch jams, and seasonal pickles. We tap, peel, slice, forage, simmer, and hand-pour in Stowe, Vermont.”

Source: Vermont Business Magazine

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