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Startup Brewery Challenge Returns to Brewbound Session on June 15


The Startup Brewery Challenge, Brewbound’s one-of-a-kind business pitch competition for craft brewery entrepreneurs, will return for an 8th installment at the Brewbound Session business conference, taking place on June 15 in New York City.

New craft brewery entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to participate in the Startup Brewery Challenge, presented by Craft Brew Alliance, and compete for a chance to win $5,000 and take an all-expenses paid trip to Portland, Oregon.

Standing before hundreds of brewery owners, investors, distributors and other beer industry professionals, Startup Brewery Challenge 8 finalists will have four minutes to show off their business plans, sample one core product offering and receive immediate feedback from a panel of five expert judges.

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The brewery owner with the best overall pitch and product will receive $5,000 to be used to fuel the growth of their emerging business. Two members from the winning company will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Beervana, where they will meet with and learn from CBA executives, take an extensive tour of the company’s production brewery, participate in Widmer Brothers’ daily taste panel and receive business coaching from the CBA team.

In addition to those prizes, the winning entrepreneur will also receive a free entry into the Winter 2017 Brewbound Session.


Think you — and your beer — have got what it takes to be crowned the winner of Startup Brewery Challenge 8?

Simply visit the application page for a complete listing of rules and selection criteria. There is no cost to apply, although conference registration is required for those selected to compete. Applicants will be evaluated and chosen by the Brewbound team. Questions about the competition can be directed to Jon Landis at or 617-231-8834.

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Additional Information

To get an idea of what the Startup Brewery Challenge is all about, you can watch the winning presentation from our most recent competition in San Diego.

Detailed information on the format and selection process can be found on the application page.

Past winners of the Startup Brewery Challenge include Hopewell Brewing, Wynwood Brewing Company, Braxton Brewing Company, CODA Brewing, Appalachian Mountain Brewery and 5 Stones Brewing. Both Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Wynwood Brewing Company have since formed strategic partnerships with CBA as a direct result of the competition.

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Focused on the business side of brewing, Brewbound Session events offer an unmatched strategic learning opportunity for beer industry professionals by combining the best in business information and networking. The full-day program features a hand-selected roster of industry experts and leaders who, through presentations and panel discussions, will touch on topics including investment, emerging trends, distribution strategies and more. Marketing, merchandising, and the overall state of the craft market are looked at as opportunities for brewers to improve revenue and profitability, and to build the capital structure that will allow them to weather any future storms.

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