MANCHESTER - The founding riders of 'Road Pitch' will ride everything from Harley's to vintage motorcycles to BMWs for mroe than 350 miles of scenic views and back roads through 11 of Vermont's 14 counties.

"We know that Vermont is rich in unique entrepreneurs and we want to help them," said Cairn Cross, founder of 'Road Pitch' a project of FreshTracks Capital. "This is a great way for entrepreneurs to establish their brand, idea, credentials, and reputation in Vermont."

One of those stops will be in Manchester when the group will listen to pitches at the Wilburton Inn.

"I attended a TEDx Manchester event during 2013 which had a post event reception on the patio of the Wilburton Inn," said Cross, "I thought the venue was terrific and when we began to design Road Pitch I wanted to have a stop in Manchester."

In addition to the Wilburton Inn, other creative pitch venues include a mid-1860s barn in Lowell and the Bellows Falls train station.

The tour will take place from Aug. 4-7 during which time 25 smart, seasoned Vermont entrepreneurs, investors and business advisors will tour Vermont and listen to selected 'pitches' in eight small towns around the state. Those who pitch to this group will walk away having received something valuable (a connection, an introduction, possible financing, strategic advice, etc.).

The Northshire Young Professionals and the Bennington Young Professionals have agreed to collaborate on a networking event that will coincide with Road Pitch. The networking event will give attendees, an opportunity to meet and mingle with the investors.


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The networking event starts at 5:30 p.m. "The goal is to make Road Pitch an annual event and attract business riders from around the state and the country and bring capital, advice and help into Vermont," Cross said.

Bringing Vermont flair, iconic entrepreneurs Don Mayer (Small Dog Electronics), Alan Newman (Magic Hat), and David Blittersdorf (All Earth Renewables) will ride around the state to help other entrepreneurs.

Young entrepreneurs and investors riding include Andrew Stickney (VCET), Shawn Straffin (Prmot.it), and Marguerite Dibble (gametheory), Seasoned executives and academics riding include Mike Smith, Bob Bloch, Dave Schmidt and Marc Bujold.

For information on how to register to pitch or participate contact ccross @freshtrackscap.com.