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Social Venture Partners Selects Semifinalists in Social Innovation Fast Pitch Competition for $400,000 in Grants and Investments

Posted by Debby Fry Wilson
Seattle, WA., October 28, 2104:  the SVP Fast Pitch competition at McCaw Hall in Seattle. Photograph by Evan McGlinn.

Seattle, WA–Social Venture Partners (SVP) Fast Pitch Seattle today announced the selection of 28 semifinalists, including eight in high school and college, in the next phase of the SVP Fast Pitch competition. The competitors are vying for over $400,000 in grants, investments, and prizes that will be awarded to those who deliver the most compelling five-minute presentations.

SVP Fast Pitch launched in 2011 with $175,000 in grants in investments, which increased over time to $250,000 for 2014. Through overwhelming community engagement, recurring interest and program growth, the 5th annual award pool has grown to $400,000 for 2015

SVP Fast Pitch Seattle 2015 connects social innovators and entrepreneurs with business, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders who want to help them amplify their impact. Through the five-month program, nonprofit, for-profit and student innovators hone their ideas and messages through workshops, pitch clinics, networking events and mentoring. At the same time, they build relationships with advisors, donors, investors and partners.

The semifinalists have advanced through a series of elimination rounds evaluating their plans and presentations in the key areas of societal impact, innovation, organizational sustainability and leadership; and of course, pitching.  A full list of semi-finalists can be found here:    http://www.socialventurepartners.org/seattle/news/2015-svp-fast-pitch-semifinalists/

The semifinalists will compete again on Wednesday, October 7th. The top 10 non-profit or for-profit presenters, as well as four student teams, will earn the opportunity to present in a fast-pitch format on the big stage at Seattle’s Mc Caw Hall on October 27th in front of over 800 attendees.

The finals event will be judged by distinguished leaders in business, investment and community affairs from the Puget Sound region. At the same time, the audience will participate through text message voting to select the most innovative program and the best pitch. Tickets are on sale now at  http://www.socialventurepartners.org/seattle/fast-pitch/buy-tickets-fast-pitch-finals/ with a portion of the ticket price donated to the competing social innovators.

“The purpose of SVP Fast Pitch is to create a forum that brings forward the most innovative social ventures and nurtures those ideas through coaching, mentoring and competition,” said Will Poole, SVP Fast Pitch originator. “Our semifinalists have excelled in developing and refining their social innovations throughout the competition. Congratulations to them and to all SVP Fast Pitch participants for their creativity, commitment and hard work to bring new ideas for social impact to our community.”

SVP Fast Pitch is generously supported by companies and organizations committed to entrepreneurial spirit and the Puget Sound region. The for-profit investment fund is supported in part by the Keiretsu Forum and the Seattle Angels Conference. SVP Fast Pitch Benefactor Sponsors: Microsoft and Outerwall. Platinum Sponsors: Microsoft Alumni Foundation, BECU, Comcast, Blucora/Infospace and Women’s Funding Alliance. Gold Sponsors: GoDaddy, Google, Molbak’s and Seattle Storm. Silver Sponsors: Point B, Win/Win Network, Schwab and Grayling. PR Sponsor: Grayling.

About SVP Fast Pitch: Since its inception in 2011, SVP Fast Pitch has awarded nearly a million dollars in grants and investments, and helped hundreds of innovators build their social change organizations. Fast Pitch Seattle has been supported by more than 500 volunteers and was founded by a team from SVP, led by technology leader and philanthropist Will Poole. For more information, please visit:  http://www.socialventurepartners.org/seattle/fast-pitch/

About Social Venture Partners: Social Venture Partners is a philanthropic organization, but they do more than give away money. SVP amplifies the impact of those out to do good by cultivating effective philanthropists, funding and strengthening nonprofits and investing in collaborative solutions to help kids and protect the environment.