Road Pitch Seeking Host Sites

As we dream of spring (surely it will come this year), our thoughts turn to the second annual Road Pitch, a week long motorcycling event around Vermont where “business bikers” stop in small towns throughout the state and listen to entrepreneurial pitches.  This year the Road Pitch riders are selecting local host sites via a… Read more »

Peak Pitch March 12 at Sugarbush – Reserve Today!

Hosted by FreshTracks Capital, the Vermont Peak Pitch 2015 event will again take place at the Sugarbush Ski Resort in Warren, Vermont on Thursday, March 12. Now in its tenth year, Peak Pitch brings together entrepreneurs and investors for a fun day of skiing, networking and fundraising. Entrepreneurs get the opportunity to deliver the Vermont… Read more »

Now is a Great Time to Invest in Vermont

12/12/2013 An edited version of this piece was published in the Burlington Free Press on 12/12/13: Vermont Venture Capital Firm Invests Close to Home. Why invest in Vermont?  Our firm, FreshTracks Capital, has been investing in the Vermont economy and high-growth local businesses here in our state since 2000.  We believe that Vermont offers a… Read more »

FreshTracks Capital’s Roadmap through Vermont’s Innovation Economy

Vermont has long fostered a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem which has given rise to Ben & Jerry’s, Burton, 7th Generation, Gardener’s Supply, Magic Hat, IDX and many other homegrown success stories. There are great stories to tell and a vibrant innovation economy being fostered here in the state. Following is our roadmap to the local startup / tech / capital / innovation ecosystem as of Summer 2013.

PowerSecure CEO Discusses Solais Acquisition

Following are excerpts from the transcript of PowerSecure’s call to discuss the acquisition of FreshTracks’ portfolio company Solais. The company’s comments provide an illuminating view into how and why Solais built an LED company that became an attractive acquisition target for NASDAQ: POWR.

IdeaMensch Blown Away By Burlington Event

IdeaMensch (www.im48.co), a community of entrepreneurs who share how they bring to life their ideas, stopped by Winooski, Vermont on September 4th to hold their 27th in a series of 50 planned events throughout the continental United States.  The IdeaMensch team found 150 entrepreneurs packed into a conference space at MyWebGrocer ready to hear talks… Read more »

Startup Vermont Conference – How We Pulled It Off

Earlier this month, we held our first annual Startup Vermont Partnership Conference, and by all accounts it was a great success. More than 120 entrepreneurs, startups, mentors, advisors and leading large businesses came together at IBM’s complex in Essex Junction for a single day event.

Draker CEO Honored at VT SBA Awards

The Annual Vermont Small Business Association Awards Ceremony was held June 14th at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn. Chach Curtis, CEO of Draker Energy, was honored as Vermont’s 2012 Small Business Person of the Year.