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Innovative product ideas win local outdoor pitch

Chase Anderson

05/02/2018

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Trailform
The Trailform Chameleon is a backpack that converts into a lightweight chair

Outdoor Product Design & Development recently organized the first ever outdoor product pitch competition in Logan, Utah. Teams, whether students or members of the community, competed for three prizes valued up to $10,000 in cash and services. The community came together for a public open house to view the top six products and hear which three would take away the top prizes after being judged by a panel of outdoor professionals from around Cache Valley.

The winners of the competition were:

1st Place – Trailform Chameleon Pack

2nd Place – Dzuke Duffle

3rd Place – Monarch Pass Insulation

Chris Ackerman, one of the creators of the Trailform Chameleon Pack, said of the competition,

“Innovation drives the outdoor industry that's why the new outdoor product pitch competition is so valuable, it allows small, new businesses to create new products and accomplish dreams that they never thought possible. It also allows for great feedback from industry professionals and consumers for product development.”

Mentorship was a key component of the outdoor pitch competition. Teams that advanced from the initial round of judging sat down with local mentors to refine their pitches, presentation skills, and product ideas. It was also vitally important that all participants in the competition, while participating received mentorship as they prepared for final pitches and were awarded in kind services from mentors to help take their ideas to the next level. 

“The outdoor pitch is a unique competition in that it gave us an opportunity to rub shoulders with people who are interested in our product, and in positions to take our product idea to market,” said Ben Seegmiller, creator of the Dzuke Duffle. “Rather than just handing us money and expecting us to know what to do next, we made valuable connections with key people in the outdoor industry as well as being handed some money to help get our company off the ground.”

The Logan outdoor pitch competition even attracted innovative product ideas from outside Cache Valley. Skyler Christensen, who created his innovative Monarch Pass Insulation said, “The outdoor product pitch competition was extremely helpful in getting my product idea off the ground. The feedback I received from the mentors, judges and the public was priceless, and I made some valuable connections in the industry that will come in handy in the future. Great experience.”

Due to the success of the inaugural event, it’s safe to say that Cache Valley is fertile ground for innovative product ideas and that the Logan Outdoor Pitch will be back again next year.