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2011 Fast Pitch Winners

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congratulations-to-social-innovation-fast-pitch-winners.jpgOn October 3rd, fourteen finalists gave five-minute pitches for good to a panel of distinguished judges and a live audience of 650 participants at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion.  Social Innovation Fast Pitch winners walked home with a combined $175,000 in grants and investments.

Congratulations to all the participants!

Nonprofit Awards

$30,000 Social Venture Partners Award + $10,000 Audience Awards:  Viva Farms is helping launch the next generation of organic farmers by providing land, capital, expertise and dedicated markets.  Watch Video >> 

$20,000 ZINO Society Award: Dynamic Labs will be the soil where seeds of innovations will be systematically planted, fertilized, pruned and harvested.  Watch Video >>

$15,000 Social Endeavors Award: Jolkona helps non-profits improve fundraising efforts by providing a simple online microgiving & reporting platform to crowdsource funds online. Watch Video >>

$10,000 Microsoft Award: Flash Volunteer provides tools to create, discover and easily share local service events via social media, mobile and our unique Cause Crowd feature.   Watch Video >> 

$5,000 Intelius Award: Village is an exemplary health and wellness model simultaneously stimulating healthy mothers, babies, families, providers, healthcare systems and the planet.  Watch Video >>

Fast Pitch Finalist: Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED) harnesses the collective impact of community to accelerate solar energy adoption via a group purchasing program.

Fast Pitch Finalist: The Youth Suicide Prevent Programs is developing “K-12 Lessons for Life,” a new web tool that links educators to best practices curricula to support school-based suicide prevention and save lives.

Youth Team Awards

$5,000 Ashoka Youth Venture Award: Reach Out brings an innovative approach to day camps, providing 1:1 counselor-to-camper, week-long camps designed to change the self-impression and life-trajectory of disabled, disadvantaged, and homeless youth.  Watch Video >>

$2,000 University Fast Pitch Award: Biodiesel Cooperative.  Student led, student run, biodiesel conversion lab at the University of Washington, procuring used cooking oil on campus, converting it to industry-grade biodiesel and selling it back to the UW to power part of their on-campus diesel fleet.  Watch Video >>

$2,000 Winshuttle Award: Sharing Interest Forming Friendships Matches high school students with special needs students (2:1) based on similar interests and creates opportunities for social interactions outside of class to Alleviate the social barrier between these two parties so friendships can be formed.  Watch Video >>

$1,000 High School Fast Pitch Award: MoneySense.  Building an interactive website and offer training clinics around educating middle school and high school students about financial literacy and the dangers of financial mismanagement.  Watch Video >>

For-Profit Awards

$50,000 Investment from SIFP Seattle Fund: Food N’ Me is an effective nutrition system that changes eating behaviors in children and families. Fighting childhood obesity with pounds of fun!  Watch Video >> 

$25,000 Investment from SIFP Seattle Fund: FindProz, Inc is the marketplace for private instruction. Watch Video >>

Fast Pitch Finalist: BOSS empowers project owners/managers and minority small businesses with the tools and information to create sustainable social change.

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