Fast Pitch is designed to benefit non-profit participants, whether or not they advance to the finals or win the competition. All participants receive mentoring sessions to refine their messaging and communication, while finalists receive the opportunity to network with local leaders at Fast Pitch Finals.
Eight participants are selected from the application field, based on the eligibility criteria, to present at the Boardroom Pitch. Each participant presents to the judging panel and answers questions about their idea and communication strategy. Presentations should last no more than 10 minutes, not including questions.
Four finalists are selected from the first round to present before the audience of community leaders, funders and change-makers. Fast Pitch Finals features polished pitches from finalists to the full audience. Each finalist is given 10 minutes for the presentation and five minutes for open Q&A. At the conclusion of the pitch session, finalists and audience members take part in a reception while the expert panel of community, business, and nonprofit leaders retires to deliberate and make a decision. With a decision made, the panel joins the reception and the winner is announced.