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We’re super excited by this year’s responses to the Moosejaw Outdoor Accelerator. We received over 40 applications from amazing startups. Once we chose 10 finalists, over 5,600 outdoor enthusiasts voted for their favorite startups to participate in the Accelerator. A heart-felt “thank you” to all who applied and participated in voting!

Now without further ado, here are this year’s winners (sorry for saying “ado”):

Fernweh Food Co. – Portland, OR

About: Fernweh Food Co. makes great tasting, plant-based and gluten-free dehydrated meals - all in sustainable packaging. This woman-led team aims to reduce waste in the adventure food industry by eliminating single-use plastics that end up in landfills. Fernweh’s packaging is entirely omnidegradable, and will break down into biomass and CO2 no matter where it ends up. On top of sustainable packaging, the meals are delicious and entirely vegan and free of preservatives.

Founder: Ashley Lance

Visit fernwehfoodco.com

Near Zero - Arizona

About: Near Zero specializes in bundled lightweight backpacking gear designed to give everyone the confidence to get out and go. Their patent-pending backpack design delivers quick and easy access to all you gear using a labeled and compartmentalized storage system that is designed to maximize comfort and optimize weight distribution. Near Zero even builds standard ultralight bundles, making it convenient to get out there for newcomers and old pros alike.

Founder: Scott Jensen

Visit nearzero.co

WNDR Outdoors – Colorado & Vermont

About: Created by plus-size adventurers for plus-size adventurers, WNDR Outdoors strives to increase representation of larger-bodied folks outdoors by creating technical outdoor apparel in true plus sizes. 68% of women in the US are a size 14 and above, yet the outdoor industry has historically excluded this population. Finding plus-size technical hiking pants that are high quality, fit comfortably, and have useful tech specs is difficult. Brands that do include plus-sizes most commonly only go up to size 22 and these extended-sizes of the straight size (non-plus size) fits are not made with plus-size bodies in mind. WNDR Outdoors aims to change that.

Founders: Arwen Turner & Kara Hardman

Visit wndroutdoors.com

Coastal Range Equipment – Oakland, CA

About: Coastal Range Equipment engineers lightweight, high quality, and easy-to-uses outdoor cooking gear designed to fuel human-powered outdoor activities. These stoves are designed by an award-winning designer of camping stoves who set out on his own to further innovate in the camp stove space. Coastal Range Equipment produces affordable, simple solutions to backcountry cooking that are accessible to all.

Founder: John Peretti

Visit thecoastrange.com

At Moosejaw we know two things: there are never enough cool, new outdoor products, and there’s not enough diversity in the outdoor industry. So, we got together with some of our friends and created the Moosejaw Outdoor Accelerator. This new program will help a diverse group of entrepreneurs create solutions for enjoying the outdoors with more comfort, safety, sustainability and inclusion.

Check out the testimonials from previous MOA alumni.

The Moosejaw Outdoor Accelerator will provide four chosen outdoor start-ups with in a comprehensive program to turbocharge their growth:

  • An 8-week intensive business mentoring program guided by ICELab based on its established curriculum, including 5 weeks on location at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, CO and a week in Denver, CO. On-site lodging is included.
  • Sessions with Moosejaw experts on strategy, marketing, ecommerce and retail.
  • Connections with potential investors and a large outdoor recreation network.
  • Participation at The Big Gear Show in Denver, CO.
  • Product launch on Moosejaw.com and in Moosejaw stores with a complete marketing and social media package.
  • Participants receive free legal seminars from Holland & Hart LLP geared towards outdoor rec companies.
  • The Moosejaw Outdoor Accelerator and participants will receive press support from Blister.

Here's How It All Works

Jan 2 to Feb 2: Startups Apply

We are looking for early stage companies that have a product or service that addresses a compelling need in the outdoor industry. The product or service needs to be well defined but can be pre-revenue. We are especially interested in diverse candidates and/or products or services that will improve outdoor inclusivity.

Feb 24: Finalists Announced

The Accelerator Judging Panel reviews all of the applications and chooses 10 finalists.

Feb 24 to Mar 6: Consumer Voting

Moosejaw customers vote on their favorite start-ups.

Mar 14: Winners Announced

The Accelerator Judging Panel announces the four start-ups to participate in the 2023 Moosejaw Outdoor Accelerator. At least two of the winners will have founders from underrepresented groups within the outdoor industry.

May 8 to Jun 29: The Accelerator

Winning start-ups complete the 8-week program. The first two weeks are virtual, followed by a week in Denver, CO and 5 weeks in Gunnison.

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Frequently Asked Questions (aka FAQ)

Startups and early stage (pre-seed or seed) companies from any US state can apply. These companies will typically be pre-revenue, but with a well-developed business plan and potentially a prototype for physical products. We’re targeting founders from under-represented groups in the outdoor industry or businesses that would help improve inclusivity of outdoor participation; however, neither are a requirement for applying and selection.

The Moosejaw Outdoor Accelerator comes at no cost to apply or to finalists. We do not require any fees or equity grants.

While we do not provide funding directly, all costs, including lodging, will be covered for the winning startups. We will also help with investment mentoring, legal advice, and connections to potential investors.

This is the fourth cohort of The Accelerator. The first cohort graduated in 2019 and included Gearo, Geyser Systems, and Hustle Bike Labs.

The second cohort graduated in 2021 and includes Shefly Apparel, Pathloom, Spruce Pup, and PACT Outdoors. See more about them on our alumni page.

The third cohort graduated in 2022 and includes Alluvia Packraft, Lume Six. No Limbits. and Outdoor Element.

Moosejaw’s very own Eoin Comerford, CEO; John Norton, Principal, Norton Global; Mike Dill, Partner, Holland & Hart.

Fun Rules and Info about the Moosejaw Bonus Card thing:

  • The Bonus Card can be used like a regular Gift Card for multiple redemptions on Moosejaw.com or in Moosejaw shops before 1/29/2024.
  • Any remaining balance on 1/30/2024 will be canceled (that's why we call it a "Bonus" Gift Card).
  • Use code BONUSCARD during checkout to get the deal, the Bonus Card will be added to your cart. Orders with multiple qualifying items will receive multiple Bonus Cards.
  • Each item over $99 gets a $20 Bonus Card, over $149 gets a $30 Bonus Card, over $199 gets a $40 Bonus Card, over $249 gets a $50 Bonus Card, and over $499 gets a $100 Bonus Card.
  • The Bonus Cards will be emailed to you after your order ships. Please blame MMB.
  • If you return an item that included a free Bonus Card, we will deduct any used amount of the Bonus Card from your credit. Sorry to be so mean about it.
  • Qualifying item value is after any other applicable discounts and before tax and shipping charges.
  • The deal cannot be combined with other promos, is good for in-stock items only, and cannot be applied to prior purchases. Exclusions may apply.
  • Someone told me to tell you use this card like cash. Cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Not redeemable for cash or credit.
  • The deal is good 11/28/2023 - 12/10/2023.
  • Offer is subject to change without prior notice.

About this whole 40% Off Select Carhartt Hoodies thing:

  • Applies to select styles only.
  • The deal is not good on previous purchases or out of stock items.
  • Exclusions may apply.
  • Offer subject to change at any time.

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