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Fast Pitch

About Fast Pitch

What is Fast Pitch? It’s  like Shark Tank, nonprofit style .

Fast Pitch offers social innovators a unique opportunity for mentorship, exposure and seed funding for sustainable nonprofit ventures.   Throughout the program, the organizations receive mentoring and training, helping them to hone their ideas, improve their concept and build relationships with advisors, donors and partners.


Congratulations to our  2017 Fast Pitch Winners!


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Learn More about the 2017 Fast Pitch Winners!

The Bee Cause

The Bee Cause wants to ensure that bees continue to thrive in our world.  This nonprofit places hives in k-12 schools that fascinate students and provide opportunities to engage STEM minds in new and creative ways.  Demand for The Bee Cause outstrips the groups ability to keep up, even with its novel, and budget neutral, pay it forward model (a school with a hive raises money for the next school to receive its hive!).  SVP mentors work with the executives of The Bee Cause to plan an immediate project and model its 2-4 year business plan.


Lowcountry Autism LogoLow Country Autism (LCA) has a decade of experience helping families affected by Autism learn options and manage care.  LCA has a deep relationship with MUSC, and it looks to build on that affiliation with others in the Charleston area community.  SVP mentors and the team at LCA investigate services that are in demand, such as using yoga as a tactile tool to manage physical interactions of people (mostly children) on the autism spectrum.



Step Up   StepUp Network is the Low Country installation of Strive International, which has a long, proven track record of unique cognitive and behavioral training program for young adults to enter and  remain in the work force.  StepUps entrance into the Charleston area was sponsored by a single donor and followed an extensive needs assessment of the areas nonprofit landscape.  SVP mentors and the executive team of StepUp are focused on a 10-18 month plan to diversify the donor base and build local support.

turning leaf logo Turning Leaf offers intensive emotional and behavior training to individuals returning to society after incarceration.  Encouraging results from the first three years of the nonprofit have garnered the praise of city and state government as well as double digit year-over-year increases of the numbers of individuals served by the program.  SVP mentors and Turning Leaf work to identify social enterprise solutions to extend its training and potentially add funds to expand the groups services




2015 Fast Pitch Winner

Chucktown Squash Scholars

Presented by Executive Director Ms. Lauren Herterich

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2014 Fast Pitch Winner

Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation

Presented by Executive Director Dr. Jennie Stephens