Bend Outdoor Worx (BOW), Central Oregon’s outdoor industry accelerator, announced applications are open for participants for the summer cohort. BOW will choose three startup outdoor companies to take part in their fourth cohort, which will run July – November 2016.
Applications will be accepted through May 31. The summer cohort will receive mentorship from BOW’s industry founders in areas where developing companies may be lacking. Through a process of discovery meetings, analyzation and curriculum building, BOW will determine the company needs and provide guidance from the founders and extended mentor group. The accelerator will then support these companies by aligning them with additional resources needed to succeed, including legal assistance, financial planning, marketing, logistics, sales, marketing and product development.
BOW’s alumni include Homeschool Technical Apparel, a technical outdoor apparel company; Bend Chamber member Cairn, a monthly subscription box service for outdoor enthusiasts; Free Range Backpacks, technical, light-weight backpacks for backcountry/multi-sport athletes; Slackline Technology, a manufacturer of longline and highline rigging; the Robert Axle Project, an axle adapter for bike trailers and trainers; SnoPlanks, a manufacturer of bamboo snowboards and skis; Magic Cycle Werks, handcrafted custom steel bicycles; and Waggletops, custom removable dog bed covers. These companies continue to be a part of the BOW family.
Startup outdoor companies looking to scale can apply online at: http://bendoutdoorworx.com/apply/