Waypoint Accelerator

Past Cohorts

These promising outdoor-focused companies were selected through a competitive process and completed the accelerator program. Check out the next generation of great outdoor entrepreneurs below!

Cohort 1 - 2019

Big Weekend

Big Weekend is a recreation and leisure brand featuring the gear you need to max out your next “Big Weekend” with style and ease.

Blue Ridge Hiking Company

Blue Ridge Hiking Company is Western North Carolina’s premier guiding service for day hikes and backpacking trips, which operates a retail shop and “The Trail-er” – an Appalachian Trail bunkhouse.

Blyss Running

Blyss Running is a woman-owned small business designing flattering and functional running apparel for women that inspires their empowerment and joy.


Campa provides a searchable, filterable, comprehensive list of camps and extracurricular programs with streamlined “one form” registration and payment systems – helping you get your child into the right camp at the right time.

Fifth Element Camping

Fifth Element Camping makes a modular micro camper system for the Honda Element that can be installed or removed in minutes – turning your Element into a home on the road whenever you want it.


Ogre builds truck organization solutions for fly fishermen, mountain bikers, kayakers, surfers, snowboarders and other outdoor enthusiasts to maximize their time outdoors instead of preparing for it.

Rent This Rod

Rent This Rod is an online fly-fishing company that rents high-end fly rods and ships them anywhere in the continental United States.


Rockgeist specializes in custom bikepacking gear tailored to fit the exact shape of your bike with features that you choose.

Shira Forge

Shira Forge produces heirloom-quality axes and knives the way they have been made for generations – forged in the fire and made to be used whether on the trail, in camp or at the cabin.

The Tarpestry Co.

The Tarpestry is a soft and durable weather-resistant outdoor blanket and tarp that puts a layer between you and nature, with style.

Cohort 2 - 2020

Asheville Adventure Company

Asheville Adventure Company’s meticulously planned trips make intimidating experiences accessible to the average consumer, showcasing the most awe-inspiring places in WNC.

Asheville Picnic Company

Asheville Picnic Company provides a picnic meal with famous food products made in Asheville for you to take on your outdoor adventures in WNC.

Block by Block Industries

Block by Block trains and employs individuals with barriers to employment in manufacturing high quality sewn goods for the outdoor industry.

Lake Lure Rowing

Lake Lure Rowing is expanding rowing opportunities in Western North Carolina with an organization founded on competition and fun.

North Cove Social Club

Sited on 150+ glorious rolling acres at the base of the Linville Gorge, North Cove Social Club will be the premiere destination for disc golf in the United States.

OBX On the Fly

OBX On the Fly is the Outer Banks’ first and only full-service fly shop, offering fly fishing products, guide services, merchandise, and classes, including a custom fly rod building class.

Plantd Climbing

Plantd Climbing builds locally-made, quality durable goods and training tools for the climbing industry and community, and is the Southeast’s only local supplier of volumes and texture services.

Rove Cycling

Rove is a Brevard-based cycling development program delivering year-round adult and summer youth instruction showcasing the Southeast’s best riding.

WNC Outdoor Collective

WNC Outdoor Collective is a collective of local and regional makers showcasing and selling specialized well-crafted products and services in a common retail storefront that surrounds a 3,000ft2 outdoor gathering space for outdoor enthusiasts.