2016 Outdoor Rec C2C Contest

Sponsored by Vista Outdoors, this innovation contest gave away $45K cash/services to top outdoor rec startups.

The 2016 Vista Outdoor C2C Innovation Contest was the 30th competition and 7th annual one focusing on outdoor gear and services. It took place from April to June 2016 and was a huge success! Over 80 well-qualified applicants applied to the contest and of those, 11 finalists were chosen.

The finalists presented their ideas to a panel of judges and the general audience on June 23rd at the Copper Nickel Events Center in downtown Ogden, UT. At the conclusion of the judging, three winners were announced and awards were given.



ast-composites-grow-utah Adventure Sport Tech is a proprietary carbon fiber manufacturing process which produces unique anti-vibration and ultra light core outdoor gear products. Their flagship product is the highly acclaimed PSE Carbon Air Compound Bow with other products to be announced soon. https://www.astcomposites.com

redhed-tools-grow-utah “Trail Series” tools by RedHed Tools are portable and modular shovels utilizing RedHed Tools’ patent pending “Quick Connect” system. They are ideal for backcountry trail and forestry work. www.redhedtools.com

wavio-grow-utah-startup-contest Wavio is a voice-activated two-way radio that bridges between headphones and phone and also provides off-grid phone calls, texting and location sharing. www.GetWavio.com

Trisul Drift is a portable handheld device that generates electrical power from rivers and streams thus allowing backcountry power generation without solar restrictions.

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What They Won

Cash (NorthFront Entrepreneur Alliance): $5K Grand Prize; $2500 Each Runner-Up

Legal Services (Durham Jones): $2500K Grand Prize; $1250 Each Runner-Up

Product Design Consultation (Klugonyx): $2K Grand Prize; $500 Each Runner-Up

Outdoor Gear (Cotopaxi): $250 Grand Prize; $125 Each Runner-Up

Business Mentoring Services (Grow Utah): $1K For Each Winner

Product Design Services (Modaliti): $600 Grand Prize; $300 Each Runner-Up

Financial Mentoring Services (Mtn West Small Business Financial): $2500 Grand Prize; $1250 Each Runner-Up

Distribution/Fulfillment Services (IFS360): $3K Grand Prize; $1K Each Runner-Up

Marketing Services (High Mtn Mktg): $1K Grand Prize; $500 Each Runner-Up

Promotional Banners & Signs (Athletic Event Supply): $775 Grand Prize; $160 Each Runner-Up

Product Mentoring (Vista Outdoor): $1500 Grand Prize; $750 Each Runner-Up

Booth Space (Adventure Gear Fest): $800 Grand Prize


2016 Outdoor Rec Contest Winners

2016 Outdoor Rec Contest Winners

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2016 Outdoor Rec Innovation Contest Kicks Off

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