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Applications Open May 20th, 2015

Pitch Competition Celebrates Five Years of Supporting Local Change-Makers. Applications for 2015 open May 20th, as nonprofit and for-profit organizations compete for $125K and $250K in grants and investments.

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2014 SVP Fast Pitch Winners

The 2014 SVP Fast Pitch Final Showdown took place at McCaw Hall on Tuesday, October 28. Nearly $300,000 in cash prizes were awarded and there were over 800 who attended, making it the largest Fast Pitch ever!

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Twas the night before the Showdown...

Dear SVP Fast Pitch: “Last summer my son opened an email asking him to think about entering his project into the SVP Fast Pitch social innovation contest. Just a few short months later, his idea to create Dyslexi-Type, a learn-to-type software program for kids with Dyslexia is a working prototype and he’s got a real business plan. Better yet, he’s got the passion to make this product a reality thanks to the mentoring he received through the SVP Youth Track!

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SVP Fast Pitch Student Finalists: ClubWhat and MiPS Bank

Billy Wu had an idea. He wanted to make life a little easier for young people around him. That idea took the form of an app that helps people connect with clubs. When a Harvard student put his mind to changing the way people stay connected, Facebook was born. What Mark Zuckerberg accomplished in revolutionizing social media is not too different from Wu's goal with his ClubWhat app.

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Meet SVP Fast Pitch Finals Judge: Sandra Cavanaugh

Sandra Cavanaugh is the chief executive officer of Russell’s US private client services business. In this role, Sandy serves as the senior executive overseeing Russell’s intermediary relationships in the bank, brokerage, insurance, and other advisory channels. She is responsible for setting strategic direction for the private client services business and is a member of Russell’s executive committee and the global leadership forum, as well as serving as a trustee of the Russell Investment Company mutual fund board.

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One SVP Fast Pitch Finalist is Building A Better Bee

The next time you enjoy a delicious meal made with locally sourced foods, don't just thank the chef. Thank the bees. They do much more than produce honey. As pollinators they play a crucial role in the food chain. Their troubles, however, have been well documented. Bees are under attack by both. Some local bee benefactors are working to reverse this trend.

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Meet SVP Fast Pitch Finals Judge: Mona Locke

"I am a firm believer in giving back to your community and was so impressed by the unique and unprecedented way this event helps social enterprises and non profits not only hone their messages, but pitch for funding. Thanks to SVP for creating opportunities, connecting community and funding philanthropy. I can think of no better way to spend my time." ~Mona Locke

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Meet SVP Fast Pitch Finals Judge: Ana Mari Cauce

Ana Mari Cauce is Provost and Executive Vice President at the University of Washington. As Chief Academic and Budgetary Officer, she is responsible for overseeing education, research, and service missions. She joined the University of Washington as faculty in 1986, and is a full professor of Psychology and American Ethnic Studies, with several secondary appointments.

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Meet SVP Fast Pitch Finals Judge: Colleen B. Brown

Colleen B. Brown has served as a director of American Apparel since August 2014, TrueBlue, Inc. since July 2014 and a Managing Director, Newport Board Group since April 2014. In addition, she currently serves as a director of DataSphere Technologies, Inc. and of Port Blakely Companies. Ms. Brown served as Director, President and CEO of Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ) from 2005 to 2013. From 2000 to 2004, she served as Senior Vice President of Belo Corporation (NYSE).

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Meet SVP Fast Pitch Finals Judge: Larry Cohen

“Entrepreneurs can be a powerful catalyst in solving some of the world’s toughest problems. SVP Fast Pitch is one of the best forums to encourage that kind of innovation.” ~Larry Cohen, bgC3

Larry Cohen serves as Managing Partner at bgC3, which is a private office established by Bill Gates in September 2008. bgC3 is actively exploring education technology solutions including the Big History Project, a blended learning course for ninth graders and Graphite, a tool to help teachers discover and implement learning technology in the classroom.

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