Waypoint 2019

Mountain BizWorks, Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC, and our partners are excited to support the first-ever Waypoint Accelerator cohort.

Cohort #1 Timeline

  • The Waypoint Accelerator was announced to a national industry audience at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver in June 2019.
  • Applications for the first cohort were due on August 18 at 11:59 p.m. Up to 8 companies will be selected for the first cohort based on a competitive, merit-based review process.
  • Companies selected for the first cohort will have two initial sessions in late September and then will be publicly unveiled at the Outdoor Economy Conference Opening Reception on October 9.
  • Sessions and one-on-one mentorship will continue after the conference and interspersed between “checkpoints” to balance learning and application to business model. Exact session dates and times will be confirmed shortly.
  • The program will conclude with a special event at the Outdoor Gear Builders’ Get in Gear Fest in March 2020.


Please contact Millie Smith with any questions at millie@mountainbizworks.org. Additional program information can be found on the main Waypoint Accelerator page.

Why Mountain BizWorks

We help entreprenuers overcome obstacles, grow strategically, and create jobs.

Our work is all about creating a healthy economy and community in the WNC region. We believe in dreamers and are radically improving their ability to become entreprenuers.