Welcome to the Outdoor Industry Funding Summit!

Summer 2024 Event Information

This invite-only summit brings resources and opportunities together in Crested Butte, Colorado by connecting vetted investors and early-stage company founders who are seeking investment. Two days will be spent in the beautiful Gunnison Valley forging meaningful relationships and gaining cutting-edge industry insights from a lineup of guest speakers.

Are you a company interested in attending the funding summit?

Requirements for companies:

  • In the outdoor industry 
  • Raising capital in the second half of 2024
  • Early-stage (pre-seed, seed)
  • U.S. based

The next funding summit will be in summer 2024. Check back for the application. 

February 2024 Attending Companies

The February 2024 OIFS companies include Ellavate, RareWaters, Electric Outdoors, Raide Research, Kuju Coffee, Bee Wild Outside and SKU Candy.

Investors

February 2024 Investors

Past Guest Speakers

Conor Hall – Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry — Colorado
Hao Wang – Of Counsel – Holland & Hart
Layne Rigney – Former CEO of Osprey 
Russell Cree – Managing Partner – Bell Lap Advisors

Facilitators

David Assad– ICELab Director
Experienced finance professional with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications and transportation industries. Strong analytical and process driven approach to Business Planning with exposure to Mergers & Acquisitions and Startups.

TJ Taylor– ICELab Manager
Graduate of Western Colorado University. TJ has a background in marketing and PR working for a leading agency within the outdoor industry. He also has experience working in the luxury adventure travel industry. He is an avid snowboarder, fly fisherman and mountain biker.

February 2023 summit recap

The first Outdoor Industry Funding Summit was held in February 2023. Here’s what participants had to say about the event!

A snowy downtown street

About Gunnison and Crested Butte

Things to do

If you love the outdoors, you’ll love the Gunnison Valley. Millions of acres of public lands allow you to explore this scenic section of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Check out all the things to do here!

The Gunnison Valley is also home to some of Colorado’s coolest mountain towns! Crested Butte is a quirky old mining town with an Instagrammable main drag full of restaurants, bars and shops. Gunnison is a laid-back college town close to biking and ski trails and the river.

      Getting here

      The easiest way to get to the Gunnison Valley is to fly to Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport. Here’s everything you need to know about traveling to the valley

        Business in the Gunnison Valley

        The ICELab is the hub of business and entrepreneurship in the Gunnison Valley. Located on the beautiful campus of Western Colorado University in Gunnison, the ICELab is a gathering place for the local business community. The ICELab’s spacious coworking space is a great place to work or have a meeting. The ICELab facilitates several programs throughout the year, including business incubator and accelerator programs. 

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