What Is Fast Pitch?
SVP Fast Pitch is a business pitch competition that supports nonprofits and social enterprises addressing critical needs and making a positive impact in the Puget Sound region and beyond. Since 2011, SVP Fast Pitch has connected changemakers with over $2 million in grants, investments, and prizes as well as thousands of hours of coaching from local professionals. The competition is for high school and college students, established nonprofits, early-stage nonprofits, and for-profit enterprises.
Interested? Please read the eligibility criteria and requirements for applicants.
The application deadline for nonprofits and students has passed, but for-profit enterprises that have a mission-driven business pitch can apply by September 1st at 11:59 pm.
SVP Fast Pitch Office Hours
SVP Fast Pitch Director, Heather Lewis will hold office hours to answer any questions on the application process for for-profit applicants. Send her an email to make an appointment.
All Volunteers, Innovators and Families are invited to a picnic!
When: Saturday, August 27th from 11:00am – 2:30pm
Where: Microsoft – The Commons – 15253 Northeast 40th Street, Redmond, WA 98052
Sign up here
Each nonprofit and student Innovator must attend one of the following pitch clinics. Coaches are welcome to attend. All clinics will be held at:
Impact Hub, 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98115 (Third Floor Learning Center)
|Pitch Clinic #1||Tuesday, September 6th||6:00 – 9:00pm|
|Pitch Clinic #2||Wednesday, September 7th||2:00 – 5:00pm|
|Pitch Clinic #3||Wednesday, September 7th||6:00 – 9:00pm|
|Student Pitch Clinic||Sunday, September 11th||12:00 – 2:00pm|
|Startup and Established Nonprofits||Tuesday, September 13th||12:00 – 4:00pm|| Foster School of Business
Seattle, WA 98195
|For-Profits||Thursday, September 15th||1:00 – 4:00pm|| Impact Hub
220 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98115
|Students||Monday, September 19th||1:00 – 4:00pm|| Starbucks HQ
2401 Utah Avenue South
When: Tuesday, October 4th from 7:30am – 12:00pm
Where: Columbia Tower, 701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 (40th Floor)
Mark your calendars for the SVP Fast Pitch 2016 Finals! Join 1,000 members of the social impact sector and the Puget Sound community for our exciting final event!
When: Tuesday, October 25th from 5:30 – 9:30pm
Where: McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
Want to get a taste of the big event? Check out the pitches from our 2015 finals.
Hear some of our Fast Pitch Mentors talk about their experience:
We are excited to announce the SVP Fast Pitch 2016 Quarterfinalists! Our team of Screeners reviewed more than a hundred applications from students and nonprofit organizations. They have selected 39 Social Innovators who will compete in the Quarter-finals on September 15 (for nonprofits) and 18 (for students). Read More »
In 2015, Prison Scholar Fund founder Dirk Van Velzen won first place and $20,000 in the SVP Fast Pitch Startup Nonprofit track. Hear Dirk as he shares his experiences of his journey as an applicant and winner! Read More »
Janet Levinger is a Social Impact Leader in the Seattle area and has been an SVP partner since 1997. She served on the SVP Seattle board from 2009-2015 and was its board chair for two years. She currently chairs the Outreach Committee and serves on the Diversity, Cultural Competency, and Equity Committee. Read More »