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What is Fast Pitch?


Fast Pitch is a free two-month training and mentoring program for innovative nonprofits that are effecting social change in Chicago, culminating in the Fast Pitch competition in May.

Fifteen nonprofit leaders are selected to participate based on their innovative approaches to creating social change and their potential for significant positive community impact. They receive training and mentoring over the course of two months from SVP Chicago partners on how to “tell their story” in a powerful and compelling way.

The program culminates in a “Fast Pitch” competition – a high energy, rapid-fire presentation event during which eight finalists share the mission, vision and impact of their organization with the audience and judges – in just three minutes!

The showcase event also will feature informational booths from participating nonprofits so they can further share their story with attendees.

Fast Pitch finalists compete for $35,000 in prizes and pro bono services.