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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 accepted 21 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. 


Recent News

A Night Full of Impactful Entrepreneurs Making their Mark on the World

2018 SVP Fast Pitch Final Showdown attendee and fellow social entrepreneur, Drew Meyers, shares his reflections on attending the event and highlights some of the many stories shared on stage.

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Text to Donate Launched for 2018 Innovators!

New this year, text to give technology is live for you to seamlessly donate to any innovator from the 2018 cohort! Unique text codes are live through Friday, November 16.

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Congratulations 2018 SVP Fast Pitch Winners!

We're all still beaming about the SVP Fast Pitch Final Showdown held on November 10th. The 8th annual Final Showdown was overflowing with energy and inspiration as the 11 SVP Fast Pitch finalists took the stage at Kane Hall at the University of Washington, followed by a innovator showcase for community members to engage with all 21 organizations that participated in Fast Pitch this year. A big thanks to everyone who was involved to make the night such a success!

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It’s Showtime! The SVP Fast Pitch Finalists Get Ready for the Big Stage

After an intensive three-month program, the finalists are nearly at the end of their Fast Pitch journey. These 11 outstanding organizations committed to social change have come a long way since last summer, when they were among the over 70 groups that applied for the program. Participating in Fast Pitch is a big commitment, and, collectively, these dedicated organizations have spent hundreds of hours working with their coaches to refine their 5-minute pitches.

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Meet the 2018 Finalists: Seattle Against Slavery

Seattle Against Slavery mobilizes our community in the fight against labor and sex trafficking through education, advocacy, and collaboration with local and national partners. We envision a community where no one is exploited for labor or sex.

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