14 Finalists will pitch at the Final Showdown on October 25!
The view from the 40th floor of Columbia Towers was stunning – the wide expanse of the Puget Sound, and the tower blocks of downtown Seattle were a visual treat. But the place to be, was inside the Conference Center where more than 25 Judges waited in anticipation to hear 5-minute inspiring ideas while 28 Innovators milled around outside – a little nervous, a little hyped up – ready to make their best pitch to earn a place in the SVP Fast Pitch 2016 Final Showdown.
The room echoed with voices filled with passion and commitment. The Innovators were confident. The Judges were engaged. There was appreciation and also some laughter as the Innovators presented their pitches and used humor to capture the audience’s attention. Then it was time for deliberations as the Judges had the unenviable task of selecting the finalists, but they did their job, and we proudly present our #FPFinal14. (See below for the list of Finalists. Read more about them here. )
We would like to congratulate all our Semifinalists for their amazing ideas and pitches. The Innovators who did not make it to the finals will also be at the Final Showdown and have the opportunity to talk about their business and ideas at the Innovator Showcase.
Come to McCaw Hall on October 25 and watch the Finalists pitch off for grants and awards at the Final Showdown.
Top: Belle Pan (iRummage), Neha Hulkund (STEMcademy)
Bottom: Miguel Willis (ATJ Tech Fellowship Program), Annie Roethe (SafeCase)
iRummage: an online donation platform for buying and selling goods for the benefit of schools. It also offers a hands-on platform for children to learn about business practices.
STEMcademy: an educational organization aimed at increasing STEM interest through education to elementary and middle schoolers
ATJ Tech Fellows Program: a legal fellowship program designed to train law students on the varied use of technology to expand legal access, cut costs, and improve service delivery.
SafeCase: empowering women by providing easily accessible date rape protection in the form of a phone case, allowing discreet and cost-efficient everyday protection.
Top: Gabriela Condrea (TangoStride), Katrina Spade (Urban Death Project), Graham Pruss (WeCount)
Bottom: Elham Kazemi (EduDesign Lab), Brittany Kirk (Ventures), Nicole Tsong (Yoga Behind Bars)
EARLY STAGE NONPROFITS
TangoStride: Hugs that Empower helps people improve mobility, creates community, and inspires hope.
Urban Death Project is developing a new model of death care called Recomposition that is scalable, regenerative, and based on nature’s processes.
WeCount strengthens the social safety net by enabling a peer-to-peer economy where people can easily donate specifically requested items to the homeless.
EduDesign Lab is a summer institute for teachers to drive their own professional learning in collaboration with one another, and with support from UW experts.
Ventures will sell its uniquely impactful program model to other nonprofits and teach them to deliver micro-business development services in their communities.
Yoga Behind Bars shares yoga and meditation with incarcerated people to promote rehabilitation, build safer communities and contribute to the reform of the corrections system.
Top: Virginia Emery (Beta Hatch, Inc), Jonathan Kumar (GiveSafe)
Bottom: Charlie Matlack (PotaVida), Noah Perin (VIA Global Health, Inc)
Beta Hatch, Inc. helps farmers grow more food with its unique crop-insects (insect agriculture). It produces insects on an industrial level, to harness their incredible potential to turn waste into nutrients for livestock and plants.
GiveSafe provides low-cost electronic ‘beacons’ to individuals struggling with homelessness through nonprofits partners. The technology allows people to give into a fund the individual can use on critical needs with a case manager’s help.
PotaVida’s mission is to create products for the disaster response and international development sector that accurately capture usage data and distil it into actionable reports. Their first product is a sunlight-driven household water purifier that electronically records usage.
VIA Global Health, Inc. has created an open distribution and logistics platform for suppliers of health technologies to sustainably and affordably address the needs of the 6 billion people in emerging markets. Its mission is to improve global access to healthcare innovation.