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**Finalists are selected and announced** Rocky Mountain Veteran Pitch Competition



As some of you may have heard, Rocky Mountain Vets, in conjunction with the Commons on Champa, will be hosting the Rocky Mountain Veteran Pitch Competitionon November 12, 2018 (Veterans Day Observed).  This event is for veteran/veteranspouse-owned businesses who are interested in competing for a $25,000 grand prize (in the form of a grant).   The spirit of this event is to support veteran/veteran spouse-owned businesses in the State of Colorado.  Therefore, to be eligible to be selected as a finalist in the 2018 Rocky Mountain Veteran Pitch Competition, applicants must meet the following requirements

  1. You must be a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or The National Guard or be a spouse of a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or The National Guard.

  2. The business or concept submitted in the application must be headquartered in Colorado or the applicant must be a resident of Colorado.

  3. The business or concept submitted in the application must be less than four (4) years old (as documented by registration forms or articles of incorporation dated within the last 4 years).

  4. The applicant must have raised less than $1.5 million total on behalf of the business/concept submitted.

  5. All businesses must be owned or co-owned by a veteran or a spouse of a veteran. Although 51% ownership is not required, a veteran or spouse of a veteran must be a founder of or have a controlling interest in the company.  If a founder, for example, took on VC funds and lost majority ownership, the founder will still be eligible to compete.  


If you're interested and your company meets the criteria, apply to the 2018 RockyMountain Veteran Pitch Competition. 


Here's a timeline of the event:  

· October 10: Applications are due

· October 16: Semi-finalists are selected

· October 26: Finalists are selected and announced

· *Finalists will be selected by a committee of entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders.

· November 12: 5 finalists will be invited to present a 5-minute pitch to a live panel of judges in front of a public audience.  Location TBD. 

· One winner will receive total cash prize of at least $25,000    

The website for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Veteran Pitch Competition is up.  For more information and for routine updates, please visit us at and sign up for our mailing list.  Pass this information along to anyone you know who may qualify to register – the application due date is fast approaching! Also, if you know of any organizations or individuals that may be interested in sponsoring this or future RockyMountain Vets events, feel free to put us in touch.  If you have any questions, please reach us at        


 The 2018 Pitch Competition is an initiative of The Commons on Champa, powered by The Downtown Denver Partnership with support from the Kauffman Foundation and JP Morgan Chase Foundation. We're grateful for your commitment to advancing the rate of veteran-driven entrepreneurship and for connecting veteran entrepreneurs who are building Colorado’s economic future!