Apply to our 2020 PitchFork Challenge!

Interested Entrepreneur?  Click HERE for more information.

Interested Investor?  Click HERE for more information.

Lack of capital is one of the top causes for the steep decline in startup rates in rural America.  PitchFork offers a uniquely local solution to this challenge by providing a fun, no-pressure networking event for local investors to learn about promising local business ventures and for local entrepreneurs to learn more about the pitch process.

We believe that strengthening skills and connections of entrepreneurs and investors will encourage greater investment – large and small – into local economic growth.  We also believe that local investment offers our community greater control to shape the local economy.  Individual investing decisions can target the start and growth of businesses that reflect their values and the culture of the region.  Relationships between entrepreneurs and investors strengthen the fabric of our local economy by connecting leaders in our community with entrepreneurs in a meaningful way to build valuable networks, provide invaluable support, and increase the chances that local ventures will survive and thrive.

PitchFork Growth

Companies who are ready to grow and need $10K-$100K in order to do so have an opportunity to present their business opportunity to the public and invited guests.  HGC’s PitchFork Growth event will bring together companies who are ready to grow and people who want to invest locally. We are also hosting this in partnership with REDC and they will provide technical assistance to help each entrepreneur be ready to take on capital. Three businesses poised for growth looking for capital will present at the April 2, 2020 evening event. 


This is a convenient way to reach a wide range of investors, bankers, revolving loan funds and individuals all in one evening. The hope is that these potential investors, lenders, and service providers will connect with businesses following the event in order to aggregate funds from several sources to provide the capital to grow. HGC will coach you through the process of getting your business ready for a due diligence process as well as the all important pitch. To apply to be part of PitchFork Growth on April 2, please see the details below.

Investors and Lenders

This PitchFork event has evolved to coach the entrepreneurs for readiness to take on outside capital from potential lenders and investors. These businesses will be ready to discuss investments and loan terms with interested parties after the event and the impact on their business of such an investment/loan. This event will be a good way to hear from budding local business owners who are ready to grow and to be part of their growth story as a lender or investor. 

We invite you to be part of the event if you are interested in investing or lending to local businesses and if you’re a business owner looking to grow, we invite you to apply to be part of the event.

SEC laws prevent deals from being specifically discussed with a non-accredited investor group which fortunately, for all, means NO PRESSURE!  Businesses will contact only investors who have expressed interest and will follow up only after the event.  That leaves everyone free to enjoy the local food, signature cocktail and other interesting local characters before and after the pitches.

See our past PitchFork presenters

Criteria for applying: 

The PitchFork Growth event is open to any registered business that is located in the counties below with a population of 30,000 or less. 

NH: Cheshire, Sullivan, and Hillsborough
VT: Windham, Bennington, Windsor
MA: Franklin
* Business must be for-profit 
* Business is poised for growth and needs $10,000 to $100,000 to grow

Required Dates:

  • February 20, 2020: Application due by EOD
  • February 27, 2020, 8:30am-10:30am: Pitch Clinic and How to Prepare For Accepting Capital
  • February 27-April 1, 2020: prep work for pitch and due diligence
  • March 5, 2020, 8:30am-4:30pm: 2 hour appointments with REDC to work on accepting capital
  • March 12, 2020, 8:30am-11:30am: PitchFork Coaching- live pitch to coaches
  • March 30, 2020, by appointment: Tech check and rehearsal
  • April 2, 2020, 5:00pm-7:30pm: PitchFork Growth – live pitch event
Apply To PitchFork Growth Today!

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Register to Attend PitchFork Growth!