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Apply to become an SVP Fast Pitch Innovator

Applications for the 2018 cohort have now closed. Follow along as this year’s chosen innovators start their SVP Fast Pitch journey. The application period for 2019 will re-open next spring.

Want to learn more about being an innovator? The webinar below covers an overview of program details, updates for 2018 and what to expect once accepted!


Do you have an innovative plan for changing the world? Are you a startup nonprofit, a new program in an established nonprofit, or a startup for-profit social enterprise? If so, apply to SVP Fast Pitch!

Each innovator accepted into the program is paired with two experienced coaches to help craft their story and accelerate impact. 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. 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.

The program culminates on November 10, 2018 at the 8th Annual SVP Fast Pitch Final Showdown with up to 10 finalists pitching on-stage at UW’s Kane Hall. All innovators are invited to participate in a post-event innovator showcase and enjoy an evening of connection and inspiration.

Required dates for in-person attendance: 8/20, 9/17,10/1, 10/15, 10/29 & 11/10. If you are unable to make any of these dates please contact svp staff as this may prohibit participation.

Click here to download the 2018 Innovator flyer for program specifics and eligibility details.

Why Apply?

Beyond access to mentorship, benefits of participation include collaboration with other innovators, exposure to community, business and philanthropic leaders and the potential to win grant dollars and pro-bono awards. 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.

In addition this year, in partnership with our friends at Impact HUB Seattle, all twenty semifinalist organizations will receive a free 4-month Org 25 membership, allowing for increased opportunities to connect and engage with a greater community of social entrepreneurs!

How to Apply

Applications are open June 5th, and close July 1st.

The full program calendar can be found under our key dates tab for more details. Required dates for in-person attendance: 8/20, 9/17,10/1, 10/15, 10/29 & 11/10.

Reach out to fastpitch@svpseattle.org with any questions.