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Behind the Scenes at SVP Fast Pitch Student Quarterfinals

Posted by Julie Weed

Sarah Raza pitches Aware for the SVP Fast Pitch high school track. Photo / Tom Wear

The teenager at the front of the room took a deep breath, glanced nervously at the dozen adult judges, and launched, shakily at first, into her pitch. Her goal? Convince us her business idea would help people, wouldn’t have too much competition, would be feasible to create, and could sustain itself financially into the future. And all that in just five minutes.

Poised and passionate, gaining strength as she went, she did it. She convinced us. As the teen finished her presentation, I looked around and saw that I was thinking what the other judges seemed be thinking: wow, she is amazing, and gee, what the heck was I doing in high school?

The other young entrepreneurs each had their own turn coming to the front of the room and telling us about apps to help disabled people find transportation, nanoparticles that could prevent hospital deaths, and more. We offered questions and suggestions, but mostly, we were thrilled to help them on their way to more mentorship and funding.

What’s it like to be a judge at SVP Fast pitch for the High School and College tracks? Thought-provoking. Inspirational. Surprising. Joyful.

Come see it for yourself at the SVP Fast Pitch Final Showdown – I bet you’ll feel the same!

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(Photo courtesy of Tom Wear)