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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.

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Upcoming Events

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.

Orientation Picnic

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

Pitch Clinics
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 Date Time
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

Quarterfinals

Track Date Time Where
Startup and Established Nonprofits Tuesday, September 13th 12:00 – 4:00pm Foster School of Business
PACCAR Hall
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
Seattle, WA

Semifinals

All tracks

When: Tuesday, October 4th from 7:30am – 12:00pm
Where: Columbia Tower, 701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 (40th Floor)

Final Showdown

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.

Get Involved

Whether you have a skills to volunteer, or funds to invest — we have a role for you! We are currently looking for application screeners, coaches/mentors, judges, events personnel and videographers.

Hear some of our Fast Pitch Mentors talk about their experience:

If you are interested in volunteering with the 2016 Fast Pitch team please email SVP Fast Pitch Director, Heather Lewis at fastpitch@svpseattle.org.

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SVP Fast Pitch 2016 Quarterfinalists - Students and Nonprofits

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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 »

Meet Fast Pitch 2016 Judge Janet Levinger

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 »

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