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On May 14, 11 new entrepreneurs will join the Outdoor Sports Valley community by entering the Annecy Base Camp business incubator program.

Following the call for projects that ended on March 23, 49 applicants were in competition to join the incubator’s 3rd cohort. A jury made up of OSV partners (Grand Annecy, the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region, the Haute Savoie CCI, and Cluster Montagne) pre-selected 24 projects to make their pitch before the final selection jury.

On April 24 and 25, a second jury made up of members of OSV’s and Cluster Montagne’s boards of directors, entrepreneurs from the industry, and members of OSV’s executive team picked those projects that best met the selection criteria: an economically viable idea, sustainability as part of the project’s core values, innovation, and the entrepreneur’s ability to manage and see their project through.

A luxury outdoor apparel brand, an avalanche safety system, a website making it easier for the handicapped to participate in outdoor sports, a mobile repair service for cyclists, and an ultra-light tent are just a few of the projects that will be able to put their ideas to the test and develop an economically viable business plan during phase 1 of the incubator program.

Startups like Whympr (an outdoor mobile application to plan an outing), Qaou (a multi-use hammock), Run Motion (a coaching application), and Open Runner (an application for creating, tracking, and sharing itineraries) will be able to conduct marketing tests and accelerate the go-to-market launch of their product or service.

The business incubator will provide them with a structured work environment, as well as professional support and consulting services all throughout their time in the Annecy Base Camp business incubator program. They will have the chance to discuss their ideas and learn from both entrepreneurship experts and volunteers from Outdoor Sports Valley member companies.

Congratulations and best of luck to all of them!

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