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SVP Fast Pitch

What Is SVP Fast Pitch?

SVP Fast Pitch highlights and propels social innovation in the Greater Puget Sound region and beyond. Innovators tackling local and societal challenges are paired with business and community leaders who help them powerfully communicate their story and accelerate impact. 

This free three-month intensive program will accept 20 locally based organizations working to drive social change across a variety of service areas. Innovators chosen will participate across three tracks: established nonprofit, startup nonprofit and for-profit social enterprise.

Throughout the program, innovators hone their ideas and improve pitches through structured learning sessions, practice clinics and 1:1 mentorship.  In the past 7 years, SVP Fast Pitch provided 17,000+ hours of coaching and $1.7M+ in grants and pro-bono services to 350+ social impact organizations tackling poverty, homelessness, inequity in education, prisoner recidivism, climate change, and other pressing issues in our community.

This year we will be piloting a group structured model where innovators and coaches meet as a collective cohort every other week for a total of five in-person sessions during September and October. These mandatory, sessions include topical communications-focused curriculum and guest speakers, 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. 

Past participants have described the program as invaluable – resulting in greater confidence and effectiveness when presenting, increased exposure for their organization and  valuable new connections with supporters, donors and volunteers. Check out past pitches from our 2017 finalists here!

This year, the program culminates with our Final Showdown event on Saturday, November 10th at the University of Washington. Don’t miss the opportunity to be inspired, make connections and commit to social impact in our community.

Read through our exciting program updates for 2018 and check out this year’s program calendar for key dates. Stay tuned for ongoing updates as we kick off another great year.

 

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Recent News

SVP’s 8th Annual Fast Pitch is off to the Races!

“What is your horizon, your ultimate goal?” asked Veena Prasad, SVP Fast Pitch alum and founder of Project Feast. Veena joined storytelling guru Vanessa Lockshin at this year's first Fast Pitch workshop. Find out how the August event kicked off our new cohort model, where innovators and coaches will gather every other week to practice pitches, learn, and grow until the final showdown and innovator expo on November 10.

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Welcome the 2018 SVP Fast Pitch Innovator Cohort!

We are pleased to announce the 21 organizations selected to participate in this year’s SVP Fast Pitch! It was an extremely competitive group of 70 applicants, all working to make social good a priority for our region.

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Finding Allies in the Work

Nancy Jensen and Jamee Herbert's introduction, and later partnership, was an unanticipated bonus to participating in SVP Fast Pitch. Find out how the two CEO's are bridging their skills to support women in the workplace.

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2017 SVP Fast Pitch Final Showdown Winners

The 7th annual Final Showdown was overflowing with energy and inspiration as the 14 SVP Fast Pitch finalists took the stage at McCaw Hall. These impressive social impact entrepreneurs pitched their ideas for good to a full house of supporters, community members and business leaders dedicated to supporting change in our region. Read More »

Congratulations 2017 Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 SVP Fast Pitch Final Showdown! Read More »