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Peak Pitch Vermont Gives Entrepreneurs a Lift

02-09-2011 08:40 AM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

Press release from: FreshTracks Capital

Shelburne, VT—February 8th, 2011—FreshTracks Capital announces the return of Peak Pitch Vermont on March 10th. Now in its seventh year, Peak Pitch gives entrepreneurs and investors an exciting opportunity to network on the slopes of the Sugarbush Resort. Peak Pitch brings entrepreneurs and investors together for a unique version of the classic "elevator pitch." In the traditional elevator pitch, entrepreneurs take advantage of an opportunity to share an elevator ride with a potential investor and present their business idea. At Peak Pitch, a shared chairlift ride gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business plans to a variety of venture capitalists, angel investors, commercial lenders, and other entrepreneurial advisors as they ride up the mountain on a chair lift.

Peak Pitch combines business networking and skiing or boarding in an informal setting while providing the opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors to connect with the resources they need to grow their businesses. “Last year we had a great turnout for a day of skiing, fundraising and networking,” said Cairn Cross, Co-Founder and Managing Director at FreshTracks Capital. This year we are expecting strong attendance at our new venue: Sugarbush. Many of the past attendees have said that this is their ‘best’ day of work of the year, and that they have made invaluable business connections by participating in Peak Pitch.”One of last year’s participants said: “What a fantastic event! The feedback I received was an incredible turning point in the process of starting my business. I feel I have clear direction on next steps and a great network of contacts and resources to make it happen. “

This year David Deutsch of David N. Deutsch & Company will be the keynote speaker at the event. Founder and President of David N. Deutsch & Company, David runs a successful New York-based investment banking practice, providing financing and advisory services to middle-market companies and their owners. David has been a frequent participant of Peak Pitch in the past, offering valuable advice to entrepreneurs, and will inspire the attendees with his knowledge and experiences of the entrepreneurial climate and speaking on “Planning the Perfect Exit.”

The Peak Pitch Vermont 2011 event is sponsored by: FreshTracks Capital, Champlain College BYO Biz, Fleischer Jacobs Group, Gallagher, Flynn & Company, Harbor Light Capital Partners, Merritt, Merritt & Moulton, UVM Ventures and Office of Technology Commercialization, Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Vermont Department of Economic Housing and Community Development, and Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Flexible Capital Fund. To register as an investor or entrepreneur for the event, please visit now. Attendance is limited to 100 participants. See you on the slopes!

About Peak Pitch 2011
The Peak Pitch ’11 program will include two events to support the entrepreneurial communities of New York and Vermont. To learn more about the Peak Pitch 2011 series, please visit our website:

March 10 Sugarbush Resort, VT Hosted by FreshTracks Capital
March 18 Hunter Mountain, NY Hosted by High Peaks Venture Partners

About FreshTracks Capital
FreshTracks Capital II L.P. is the $14MM second fund raised by FreshTracks Capital and is part of the Village Ventures nationwide network of venture capital funds. Since inception, FreshTracks Capital I raised $11 million and invested in 14 portfolio companies. Draker Labs, eCorp English, NativeEnergy, NEHP, SolarOne, Solais, and Vermedx represent FreshTracks II’s portfolio of investments.

FreshTracks invests in private growth-oriented businesses, primarily companies in close geographic proximity to Vermont. FreshTracks is an affiliate fund in the Village Ventures national network of funds, which collectively have more than $750 million in capital under management, directed by some 35 venture professionals in 14 distinct funds.

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