What Is SVP Fast Pitch?
SVP Fast Pitch highlights and propels social innovation in the Puget Sound region and beyond. Innovators tackling societal challenges are paired with business and community leaders who help accelerate their impact. Each year, innovators compete in one of five tracks: startup nonprofit, established nonprofit, for-profit, high school and university.
Throughout the four-month SVP Fast Pitch program, innovators hone their ideas and improve their pitches via clinics and coaching from professionals. In the past 6 years, SVP Fast Pitch provided 15,000+ hours of coaching and $1M+ in grants and pro-bono services to 300+ social impact organizations tackling poverty, homelessness, inequity in education, prisoner recidivism, climate change, and other pressing issues in our community and world.
The competition culminates October 24, 2017 at the 7th Annual SVP Fast Pitch Final Showdown with 14 finalists pitching on-stage at McCaw Hall. Every ticket purchased is an act of philanthropy, and nearly 1,000 attendees enjoy an exciting evening of learning, connection and inspiration.
We are pleased to announce that out of the 113 applications, 55 innovators have been selected to advance as SVP Fast Pitch Quarterfinalists! Innovators were selected based on a comprehensive scoring and deliberation process conducted by our panel of volunteer judges. Scoring criteria includes: Societal Impact, Innovation, Sustainability, Leadership Team and Clarity of Concept.
Stay tuned for additional updates as our 2017 cohort of innovators spends the summer honing their pitch skills for the next round of competition. Semifinalists will be announced mid-September!
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