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2014 SVP Fast Pitch Quarterfinalists

Posted by Julie Pham

We’d like to congratulate all of the teams that were selected to advance to SVP’s Fast Pitch Quarterfinals!  We had a terrific pool of 101 applicants (a 20% increase from last year).  Now, thanks to dozens of volunteers who reviewed applications, we have selected 17 for-profit companies, 14 established nonprofits, 9 young nonprofits, and 3 runner-ups as quarterfinalists.

We will be featuring each of the teams as we lead up to the Quarterfinals on September 18th, but in the meantime here is a quick introduction!

Organization Description Track Presenter
Allumia Allumia helps businesses reduce their energy consumption and environmental impact by eliminating the cost of energy efficiency improvements. Startup For-Profit Aaron Block
Close to Home Close to Home is a post-disaster housing marketplace – connecting sustainable emergency shelters/temporary homes with people in need. Startup For-Profit Rachel Stamm
Connect fo Success Connect for Success is an employee support service helping people to maintain employment, receive training and have access to life and job coaching. Established Nonprofit Christopher Rhodes
CPPS Volunteer Mentorship Program CPPS provides mentorship and skill building to engage low income, immigrant families as school volunteers and partners in education reform for student success. Established Nonprofit Stephanie Jones
Ecosystem Valuation Toolkit (EVT) The EVT calculates monetary benefits of Nature to the economy, creates income streams, shifts investment to fund transition to sustainability: Established Nonprofit David Batkar
ELAP Family Law Fellowship Our venture will provide 120 Domestic Violence (DV) survivors with free legal representation using 5 – 8 new volunteer attorneys. Established Nonprofit Stan Kehl
Incentomy The family operating system. Startup For-Profit Benjamin Linford
InvestNextDoor Crowdlending for Main Street. Invest Local, Profit more! Startup For-Profit Tabitha Creighton
Lendr Lendr creates equity in the small-dollar credit industry. We make affordable loans to help low-income borrowers escape the payday loan trap. Startup For-Profit Keith Armstrong
LOOPOOL The Loopool's technology creates a regenerative supply of textile fiber through the continual recycling of what we now consider useless clothing waste. Startup For-Profit Stacy Flynn
Nonprofit Leaders' Organziation A collaborative work-space, incubator, and accelerator for Seattle nonprofit startups. Startup Nonprofit Mikel Samaniego
Packaging our Model in a Shareable Format We seek to share our successful model with communities seeking to replicate a compassionate and effective response for traumatized people. Established Nonprofit David Uhl
Pay It Forward Pay It Forward restores college access by replacing the broken tuition-and-loan system with a social insurance plan for higher education. Established Nonprofit Kelli Smith
Professional Development and Mentoring The Martinez Foundation seeks to improve teacher diversity and the retention of teachers of color in Washington State. Established Nonprofit Ian Adair
Projected Talent Projected Talent is an online marketplace that connects undergrad students to businesses on short, meaningful, paid projects. Startup For-Profit Samir Diwan
Puget Sound Consortium for School Innovation Actively forgetting what we know about school and designing sustainable public education systems around how powerful learning happens, one student at a time. Established Nonprofit Jeff Petty
Puget Sound Schools Project Promote innovation in schools through effectively understanding, and addressing low-income, bright, frustrated students with different learning styles. Startup Nonprofit Tim Kniffin
Redeeming Soles Redeeming Soles (RS) is a local organization committed to ending homelessness and create opportunity through the distribution of shoes to the community. Startup Nonprofit Jessica Reasy
Seattle Futures Fund (Bellwether Impact Investment) Bellwether's Seattle Futures Fund raises socially motivated capital to scale the production of affordable apartments, building a more equitable community. Established Nonprofit Tory Laughlin Taylor
SEEDclassroom We are creating living, healthy, restorative classrooms that teach students about sustainable systems and strategies. Startup Nonprofit Stacy Smedley
Simply Good Shopping Simply Good Shopping leverages affiliate relationships online to deliver a simplified shopping experience for the aspiring ethical consumer. Startup For-Profit Ebba Lucander
Simpolfy We simplify politics by telling users whether they're for or against legislation and how it compares to their representative's voting record. Startup For-Profit Sanjaya Punyasena
SOIL to STEM We teach people to grow food sustainably in the city. Startup Nonprofit Zsofia Pasztor
Spirit of the Bee Spirit of the Bee creates hundreds of acres of pollinator habitat and inspires the public through related cultural programs. Startup Nonprofit Bob Redmond
Sprout Organics Utilizing aquaponics, Sprout Organics provides premium produce to retailers and wholesalers while developing the economy and workforce of the Rainier Valley. Startup For-Profit Kirby White
Statewide Prison Office Hours and Presentations Stopping the cycle of crime through visits with inmates in Washington institutions with innovative and inspirational connections from former prisoners and staff Established Nonprofit Ari Kohn
STEM Paths Innovation Network STEM Paths Innovation Network (S.P.I.N.) optimizes the scalability and delivery of project-based literacy to youth in low-income, multicultural neighborhoods. Startup Nonprofit Jon Madamba
Bike Works The Job Skills and BikeMobile program provide vocational training for high-need youth while increasing access to bicycles across Seattle. Established Nonprofit Ben Schultz
The Crib and Beyond Day Care Center To open and operate a self-sustaining, low cost, extended hour day care center for parents within Snohomish County. Established Nonprofit Angelina Metcalf
The Initiative to form Equality Credit Union To form a community-based, member-owned and controlled financial institution dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied community. Startup Nonprofit Phillip Endicott
The Pipeline Program Hire America's Heroes Pipeline Program assists transitioning service members as they move from the military to employment in the private business sector. Established Nonprofit Marjorie James
TheHubEDU TheHubEDU is a freemium platform providing a simple, social way for users to manage, share, discover and maintain subject specific content. Startup For-Profit Tiffany Reiss
Unleash the Brilliance UNLEASH THE BRILLIANCE is a vibrant and exciting organization that offers an amazing alternative to truancy, bullying, peer pressure and drug related activity. Established Nonprofit Terrell Dorsey
Tiny Trees Preschool Tiny Trees Preschool uses outdoor classrooms to make quality education in reading, math and science affordable and accessible to all families. Startup Nonprofit Andrew Jay
UbrLocal An online farmers market . Startup For-Profit Kamal Patel
Upcycling Manufacturing Waste Efikio curates products from upcycle designers & connects them with consumers while also connecting them to large manufacturers where their material derives. Startup For-Profit Jason Haase
Uphill Designs We create and market simple, innovative, sustainable equipment so hikers can truly walk with nature. Startup For-Profit Mounica Sonikar
WHOLE Cancer Thrivorship Program WCTP is an online learning portal offering practical life skills and support helping women rebuild their lives after cancer treatment ends. Startup For-Profit Jacci Thompson-Dodd
Wonder Treats Wonder Treats are healthy dog treats made from the fruit and vegetable fiber byproducts of juicing. Startup For-Profit Tauschia Copeland
Zombie-Based Learning K-12 curriculum which combines research-based methods with creative innovations to improve Critical Thinking skills lacking in classrooms. Startup For-Profit David Hunter
Bike Tourism A La Carte (runner-up) Use bike tourism ROI as motivation/tool to create more bike-friendly towns/businesses that inspire more people to go by bike. Established Nonprofit Barb Chamberlain
metaCAMPUS (runner-up) metaCAMPUS is a technology services company that is focused on improving world wide access to higher education and meeting the needs of various stakeholders. Startup For-Profit Artom Katkoff
Surviving & Thriving Gentrification (runner-up) The initiatives of the Union Street Business Association pursue objectives of a mission to "Understand Our Past and Own Our Future!" Startup Nonprofit Donald King