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Now accepting applications for Fast Pitch 2019

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Applications for SVP Calgary’s Fast Pitch 2019 are now LIVE. Complete your application form here. Program runs September 11 to November 7.

Do you know about the changes we’ve made for 2019? Over the past six years, we’ve seen 110 nonprofits participate and given away close to $200,000 in grants and prizes. For our seventh year, we’re keeping things fresh by listening to the feedback from our previous participants and switching up the format.

This year, there is no semi-final competition, meaning ALL participants will present their pitch live on stage in front of 400+ audience members at Telus Spark on November 7.

We also have new categories! Check out our new categories below.

  1. Collaboration: Two nonprofit organizations currently partnering on projects or programs will work side by side to perfect their pitch. At SVP Calgary, we have a theory there is amazing collaboration already happening in the nonprofit sector.  And we think not enough people know about this!   (4 teams of 2; 5 minute pitch) 
  2. SVP Calgary Investment Focus: Nonprofits that provide programming and/or services for 12-15 year olds building resiliency outside of school hours. (4 teams of 1, 3 minute pitch)
  3. General: Any nonprofit doing great work in Calgary. (4 teams of 1, 3 minute pitch). Just like in previous years, we want to learn about interesting nonprofits doing great work in our city.

Starting today, we are accepting applications for participants. Thank you for helping us spread the word about Fast Pitch and sharing this link with anyone you think would be a great fit! 

What is Fast Pitch? 
You can learn how to succinctly tell your organization’s story in just minutes. By the end of the program, you’ll OWN your story. You’ll be able to walk into any room and showcase your organization’s innovation and social impact with a finessed presentation style.

This is more than an elevator pitch. This is a compelling, thoughtful, succinct  pitch about who you are, your innovation, your social impact and why you matter in our community. Your team will be paired with two coaches–for free! You will also be part of the 2019 Fast Pitch cohort–a group of Calgary’s brightest, nonprofit leaders.  All you need to do is complete the application form by June 28, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. MDT.

Program begins September 11, 2019. 

Still not convinced? Watch the Fast Pitch 2018 video below to hear from the participants about how Fast Pitch changed their lives.

Social Venture Partners Calgary (SVPC) Fast Pitch offers non-profit leaders two months of coaching to help them refine their ideas for social innovation into compelling  pitches. The Fast Pitch program culminates with a high energy, fast moving, quick fire event where finalists are given only  minutes to present their vision and promise to an audience and discerning panel of judges. Past winners include: Beads of Courage, Leftovers Foundation, Highbanks Society, Calgary Can, Mealshare, Calgary Sexual Health, Autism Aspergers Friendship Society (AAFS) and Branch Out Foundation.

Since 2012, SVPC Fast Pitch has awarded non-profit organizations with close to $200,000 in grants and prizes as well as thousands of hours of coaching from local business professionals.  Following their involvement with Fast Pitch, participant organizations often achieve further growth, investment, sponsorship and increased public awareness.

Applications are now LIVE. Please visit our How to Apply page for more information.