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2014 SVP Fast Pitch Semifinalists

Posted by Willow Russell

On Thursday, Sept. 18, at Paccar Hall, University of Washington, 41 Fast Pitch quarterfinalists, pitched in front of a panel of judges. This is the most competitive Fast Pitch to date and 22 instead of 20 semifinalists were selected!

Photo by Sonia Xu.

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
EdCourage  K-12 curriculum which combines research-based methods with creative innovations to improve Critical Thinking skills lacking in classrooms. Startup For-Profit David Hunter
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
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
Recovery Cafe  We seek to share our successful model with communities seeking to replicate a compassionate and effective response for traumatized people. Established Nonprofit Taunnarose Schleiffer
Projected Talent  Projected Talent is an online marketplace that connects undergrad students to businesses on short, meaningful, paid projects. Startup For-Profit Samir Diwan
Edge Schools Foundation  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 For-profit Stacy Smedley
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
Farmer Frog  We combine sustainable food production training and community outreach with STEM education in schools (preschool through college). 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
Post-Prison Education Program  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
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
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
Wonder Treats  Wonder Treats are healthy dog treats made from the fruit and vegetable fiber byproducts of juicing. Startup For-Profit Tauschia Copeland
Union Street Business Association 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
Club What  ClubWhat provides a platform for students to find and promote school clubs High School Venture Billy Wu
Dyslexi-type  Dyslexi-type is a learn-to-type software game designed for kids with Dyslexia. High School Venture Eli Weed
Fundify  Fundify is a charitable search engine that donates to charity every time somebody searches the web, by donating a percentage of ad revenue to partnered charities. High School Venture Arjun Narayan
Rainier Athletes  Rainier Athletes inspires “at-risk” middle school aged students to reach their full potential in the classroom, on the sports field, and in everyday life. University Venture Ben Werth
MyPS Bank  First consumer cell bank which generates and stores induced pluripotent stem cells, a stem cell that can turn into any other cell in the body. University Venture Alex Jiao
Scholarship Junkies Students helping students achieve scholarship success. We are redefining educational access by leveraging students who’ve won scholarships to help others University Venture David Coven