Waypoint Accelerator

Mountain BizWorks, Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina and several strategic partners are excited to announce the Waypoint Accelerator – a new outdoor entrepreneurship and innovation accelerator program for early-stage, outdoor focused companies who have recently embarked on their journey or are still at the trailhead waiting to take the first step.

A Few Key Highlights:

Based in Asheville and Western North Carolina, a region featuring world class outdoor recreation amenities – first outdoor accelerator in the Eastern US
Embedded in a thriving and collaborative outdoor industry network, including many serving as program mentors & advisors
10 session intensive program plus tailored mentorship opening at the Outdoor Economy Conference in October 2019 and concluding at Get in Gear Fest in March 2020
Serving 8 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 this first round
Includes membership in the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC

Apply Now for the 1st Waypoint Cohort!

We are currently accepting applications to the first-ever Waypoint Accelerator cohort. Up to 8 high-potential outdoor industry startups will be accepted using a competitive, merit-based application process. Applications are due by August 11 for the program beginning in September 2019. Thanks to support from the Appalachian Regional Commission and others, there is no cost to participate in this first cohort.

Continue for full 2019 program details and to apply »

Upcoming Info Sessions

Join us at an upcoming Waypoint Accelerator informational session to learn more about the program and connect with other regional outdoor entrepreneurs.

Wed 24
Tue 30
Tue 30
Aug 01

Mentors & Advisers

Waypoint harnesses the exceptional and collaborative network of outdoor industry leaders based in WNC to provide tailored industry mentorship, advice, and connections. Here are just a few of the folks on the Waypoint bench.

Adam Masters

Alan Davis
Blue Ridge Chair Works

Amy Allison
Eagles Nest Outfitters

Annie Milroy Price
Birds Eye/Turquoise Ladder

John Delaloye
Diamond Brand Gear

Lauren Rash
Diamond Brand Gear

Duane Adams
AB Tech Small Business Center

Evans Prater
Mount Inspiration

Bill Johnston
Recover Brands

Clark Harris

Natalie DeRatt
Carmen and Grace Communications

Sarah Wood
Industry Nine