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SVP Fast Pitch Application Process

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Applications open May 20th. Applications are accepted until June 20th for nonprofits, July 10th for students and August 8th for organizations that are for profit.

In order to apply to SVP Fast Pitch, please make sure to read this entire page for eligibility and program tracks, and check out the schedule of events. You will also be able to download a Word version of the application at the bottom of this page. You may also find it helpful to read over the Application Guide before beginning your application. Once you are ready to begin, you can start your application by clicking here.

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If you are selected as an SVP Fast Pitch 2015 for profit Quarterfinalist, you will be asked for additional financial information after the quarter finals. If you are selected as an SVP Fast Pitch 2015 nonprofit Quarterfinalist you will be asked for additional  information including a copy of your 501(c)3 designation.

More information about the deadlines and process for submitting this information will be shared with all quarterfinalists upon selection.

Program Eligibility

Types of Organizations that May Apply

SVP Fast Pitch programs are relevant for early stage or established nonprofit, hybrid and for-profit organizations that address critical social issues with business rigor and the promise of sustainability. (See below for different tracks.) The business models should provide donors and investors with attractive social and/or financial returns. For-profit entities which apply for SVP Fast Pitch should ensure that the social mission is deeply embedded in, and a central component of, the business model.

Non-profits that have not yet received their 501c3 designation from the IRS may still apply. However, before you compete in the semifinal competition and/or receive a grant, you will need to either have secured the designation, or secured a fiscal sponsor who has an appropriate IRS designation.

Grants cannot be provided to organizations which conduct any kind of lobbying as defined by a 501c(4) status.

Innovation Requirement

For existing organizations, 501c(3) or for-profit entities, we are looking for new innovations that are clearly differentiated from mainstream programs which have the ability to find funding in many other ways. Specifically, an organization must have been formed (or restarted) within the past three years, or a program in an established organization must have been created in the same timeframe.

For programs within established organizations, the program must have largely dedicated leadership and an independent budget (as shown on internal budgeting reports, audit statements or another convincing manner).

Geographic Requirement

Any applicant must be headquartered in — and have substantial impact in –the Puget Sound region.

Program Tracks

The Fast Pitch program has tracks and prizes for five different types of organizations:


All for-profit and hybrid companies must be seed-stage startups, founded in the last three years and actively looking to scale.

Early-Stage Nonprofits

This category is designed for startup nonprofit organizations (founded in the last three years) with an annual operating budget of less than $100,000.

Established Nonprofits

Larger and more established organizations (older than three years and/or budget greater than $100,000) can also submit new programs and initiatives. These programs must have a dedicated leadership or staff person.

Student-Led Venture (College & High School)

SVP Fast Pitch has separate tracks for college students and high-school students. High school students are those in high school or submitting an application at the completion of their senior year in high school. College students are under-graduate college students who are either currently in college, or are submitting an application at the completion of their senior year of college.

We are also inviting teachers, schools, youth organizations, parents, and students to nominate the most impactful student entrepreneurs throughout the Greater Puget Sound community. If you know a student who has started and maintains a leadership position with a student-led social venture (non-profit, business, club, or initiative) within the past three years that is still active today – nominate them by sending them the application link and encouraging them to fill out the application form.

Individuals can nominate up to three different student entrepreneurs.

For more information, email students@svpseattle.org.

Application Support

Where can I find a list of application questions, so that I can prepare?

For-profit track

Non-profit track

High school/College student track

Check out the judging rubic. This is for reference only, and all applications must be completed using the online form.