MANCHESTER -- The Bennington Young Professionals and other young professionals groups from around the state will be hosting one stop on the "Road Pitch" motorcycle tour by the capital investment group FreshTracks Capital L.P. of Shelburne.

Individuals from the Bennington Young Professionals, the Northshire Young Professionals and the Southern Vermont Young Professionals in Brattleboro will come together for the August 4 networking event.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m., with heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by Earth Sky Time Community Farm on the back lawn and patio of the Wilburton Inn, 257 Wilburton Drive, in Manchester. The FreshTracks riders will stay after the event to rest before their next stop.

At least 15 Vermont business executives, business advisors, investors and entrepreneurs will attend to listen to selected pitches and have an informal meet-and-greet with individuals from state young professionals groups.

A handful of Bennington-area residents have planned business pitches for ideas related to technology, food products and recreational services. Although the number of formal pitches is limited, the date is a social event, intended to meld the minds of young professionals and entrepreneurs from around the state.

"The idea is that we will have a chance to meet these young people from the southern part of the state Š So they can give more informal pitches and have opportunities for networking," said FreshTracks founder Cairn Cross.


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Manchester is but one of eight towns in Vermont that Freshtracks is visiting. The motorcycle ride, from August 4 to August 7, is the first series of summer events coordinated by Freshtracks, called "Road Pitch."

FreshTracks holds one capital investment pitch event a year at Sugarbush Ski Resort in Warren. Cross said "Road Pitch" came out of the need for a summer event.

"As someone that took up motorcycle riding, I realized there were a lot of dedicated riders Š It snowballed from there that we would do a traveling event, rather than having everyone come to us," Cross said.

Starting in Middlebury on August 4, and making their way to Bellows Falls and the White River Junction, the group of entrepreneur motorcyclists have a variety of expertise to appeal to a broad range of individuals and pitch possibilities.

"It’s a great opportunity that you don’t get every day," said Brian McKenna, coordinator of BYP. "Even if you aren’t pitching an idea, this is an opportunity to pick these guys’ brains."

Whether in coordination with a second-annual "Road Pitch" or not, McKenna said he hopes to see the state’s young professionals groups come together at least once a year.

"It’s amazing how quickly this came together Š Now that we’ve got this initial plan together, I can say I don’t think I have ever been this excited for an event," McKenna said.

Some Vermont entrepreneurs coming to the event include Don Mayer of Small Dog Electronics, Alan Newman of Magic Hat Brewery and David Blittersdorf of All Earth Renewables.

The event is free and open to the public, not just to members of the young professionals groups. To register, visit http://www.wilburton.com/roadpitch.

For more information on "Road Pitch" or about Freshtracks, visit http://freshtracksontheroad.weebly.com or email ccross@freshtrackscap.com.

Contact Tom Momberg at tmomberg@benningtonbanner.com. Follow him on Twitter @TomMomberg