Mountain BizWorks, Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina, and several strategic partners are excited to support the Waypoint Accelerator – an 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 U.S.|
|Embedded in a thriving and collaborative outdoor industry network, including many serving as program mentors and advisors|
|15-session intensive program conducted virtually, plus tailored mentorship opening at the 2020 Outdoor Economy Conference and concluding at the 2021 Get in Gear Fest|
|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 the first round|
|Includes membership in the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC|
Interested in Applying? Application Deadline is NOVEMBER 9th
Curious about our past cohort members? Meet the Companies Accepted into the First Cohort
Mentors and Advisers
Waypoint harnesses the exceptional and collaborative network of outdoor industry leaders based in WNC to provide tailored mentorship, advice, and connections. Here are just a few of the folks on the Waypoint bench ready to help you go to market smarter and help more people connect with the great outdoors.