BUILDING THE NEXT GREAT OUTDOOR BUSINESSES
An outdoor entrepreneurship and innovation accelerator program for early-stage, outdoor-focused, North Carolina-based companies.
$550 per company (up to 2 participants)
12 Sessions (5 mos)
Applications for Cohort 5 are now closed. Get on the interest list to stay updated on what’s next.
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 on 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 cohort-based program conducted semi-virtually with tailored mentorship and advisor connections
Serving 10 North Carolina-based 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 Business Alliance of WNC
Check out high-growth outdoor companies in the current cohort and some past cohorts below.
Cohort 5 – 2023:
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.
Allen Stahl + Kilbourne
MADE X MTNS Partnership
Van Winkle Law Firm
Appalachian State University
Blue Ridge Chair Works
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Small Business & Technology Development Center
French Broad Adventures
Insurance Service of Asheville
G5 Trail Collective
The Appalachian Adventure Company
Fifth Element Camping
Eagle Market Street Development Corp.
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Asheville Wellness Tours