Entering its eighth year, SVP Fast Pitch will pilot a number of program changes designed to create more opportunity for valuable interaction between innovators and mentors, while continuing to provide a forum for intentional connection, collaboration and growth among the Fast Pitch community.
What’s New in 2018?
- Innovator Pool Size: In an effort to provide a more tailored and personalized experience for all involved, we are reducing the innovator class size to approximately 20 total organizations. A smaller group helps to drive sustainable outcomes and ensures that innovators and mentors have the opportunity for increased connection.
- Innovator Tracks: This year’s program will feature three tracks: Startup Nonprofit, Established Nonprofit and For-Profit. Interested student applicants are invited to apply under these tracks, as the previously featured High School and University application pools will not continue in 2018.
- Cohort Model: This year we will pilot a group-structured model where innovators and coaches meet as a collective cohort every other week for a total of five in-person sessions. These mandatory sessions include topical communications-focused curriculum, practice clinics providing live feedback, and increased opportunities to network and engage with peers and mentors. In off weeks, innovators and coaches will schedule one-on-one meetings for personalized instruction and guidance.
- Competition Rounds and Innovator Exposure: This year’s rounds of competition will include semifinals and finals, eliminating the quarterfinals event. The semifinals will happen during session 4 (out of 5) where coaches and invited guests will select up to 10 finalists to present on stage at the final event. All 20 chosen organizations will be invited to attend the Final Showdown and participate in the Innovator Expo, each with a dedicated booth to showcase their organization and connect with attendees.
- Evaluation Criteria: The judging rubric has been expanded to include race equity to assess innovators work advancing racially equitable outcomes and addressing racial disparities in communities served. Historical criteria remains: social impact, innovation, sustainability, leadership team and clarity of concept.
- Grant Awards: To honor the time commitment of all innovators in the program, this year’s goal is to award a minimal grant amount to all participants, regardless of making it on stage as a finalist. Finalists will have additional opportunities for larger cash grants and pro-bono services to be awarded. For-Profit innovators will also be included in the grant pool and have the ability to win 1st and 2nd place awards (All grant totals are TBD and vary by year).
- Final Showdown: This culminating event is moving to campus! The stage program will take place the evening of November 10th in Kane Hall at the University of Washington, welcoming over 700 guests. A post-event reception will take place a short walk away at UW’s wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House* for continued celebration and connections.
- Alumni Extension: You are a part of the SVP Fast Pitch community now! As such, SVP staff is working to establish an alumni program where past innovators will have access to ongoing Lunch & Learn sessions featuring topical, crowd-sourced content. A follow-up event will be planned for early 2019 to provide an outlet for connections to be made post-Final Showdown, with a quarterly calendar of social events to keep momentum through the year.
The 2018 SVP Fast Pitch program is shaping up to be a stellar year! If you’re interested in plugging in this summer as a volunteer, click here. Applications for the 2018 innovator cohort closed July 1. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or questions.
*The traditional name for wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House comes from the Luhshootseed language and is phonetically pronounced “wah-sheb-altuh.”