Slyde has been accepted into the 2016/17 class for the SIMA Business Development Program. The Program was set up and designed by SIMA in a quest to help early stage companies accelerate their business and strengthen the network of surf industry companies for the betterment of the entire industry. The Surf Business Development Program is now in its third year and Slyde was nominated from a host of impressive and inspiring companies to be one of the lucky few to benefit from the vast experience that SIMA and the Mentors bring to the table, that include the likes of John Wilson of Stance chairs the SIMA Business Development Committee and its committee members include Bruce Beach, Dominique Checkwood of Stance, Duke Edukas of Surfside Sports, Ryan Hitzel of Roark, Ryan Kingman of Villager Goods and Tony Perez of The Enthusiast Network.
The intake and application for the program was a grueling one that included written application and in-person pitch where we had to share our aspirations and stories of the Slyde Brand and also convey what we hoped to get out of the Business Development Program. Only a small number of participants are chosen that this year include LoveSurf, Pro-Lite, Rastaclat and Simbi
We are super pumped to get going on the program, which includes four intensive workshops throughout the year, additional SIMA discounts, and mentorship and support from the SIMA Business Development Committee.
“We are very excited to get started with this year’s diverse class of participants in the Business Development Program. The brands are an excellent cross section of the surf and lifestyle industries including; accessory products, surfboards, men’s and women’s apparel, as well as, brands headquartered on both the East and West Coasts,” notes Business Development Committee Chairman, John Wilson of Stance socks “It’s a great representation of the newness and freshness that retailers and consumers are looking for.”
“Roark benefited greatly from the mentorship provided in the inaugural session of the Business Development Program and I don’t think there’s ever been a more pressing time for younger brands to gain knowledge from it”, says Ryan Hitzel, CEO and Founder of Roark Revival. “I’m happy to lend some of my experience and help connect the new members with an exceptional group of advisors and topics that can help them grow their companies.”