BUILDING THE NEXT GREAT OUTDOOR BUSINESSES
An outdoor entrepreneurship and innovation accelerator program for early-stage, outdoor-focused companies.
$550 per company (up to 2 participants)
12 Sessions (5 mos)
Uniquely harnesses the outdoor industry and venture development expertise of mentors and partners to elevate your outdoor venture to the next peak. Cohort members are embedded in a strong network of mentors and peers that can help refine company plans and products, get critical feedback, and ultimately get to market faster.
The program components include action-focused peer cohort sessions, a robust outdoor industry mentor network, and assistance with access to growth capital.
Based in Asheville and Western North Carolina, a region with a greater density of outdoor recreation companies than anywhere else in the east coast
Embedded in a thriving and collaborative outdoor industry cluster of professionals and strategic partners, many serving as program mentors and advisors
12-session intensive program conducted semi-virtually, plus tailored mentorship opening at the Outdoor Economy Conference and concluding at the Get in Gear Fest
Serving 10 outdoor startups per cohort from gear makers to experience providers and from concept to early sales
Strong access-to-capital connections but you don’t have to give up any equity or take investment to participate – and there’s no cost for the first round
Includes membership in the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC
Check out high-growth outdoor companies in the current cohort and some past cohorts below.
Cohort 4 – 2022:
Waypoint harnesses the exceptional and collaborative network of outdoor industry leaders based in WNC to provide tailored mentorship, advice, and connections. Here are just a few of the folks on the Waypoint bench ready to help you go to market smarter and help more people connect with the great outdoors.
The Good Talk
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Graham County Economic Development
Blue Ridge Chair Works
NC Outdoor Recreation Industry Office
Diamond Brand Gear
AB Tech Small Business Center
Blue Ridge Hiking Company
Carmen and Grace Communications
Outfitter Bicycle Tours
Van Winkle Law Firm
Western Carolina University
Appalachian State University
Allen Stahl + Kilbourne