Social Venture Partners (SVP) invites social impact innovators across the Greater Puget Sound region to compete for funding and capacity building support in its sixth annual SVP Fast Pitch Seattle program. The five-track competition — high school, college, established nonprofits, early-stage nonprofits, and for-profit social enterprises — opened to applicants on June 2, 2016.
The SVP Fast Pitch program will guide applicants through a three-month intensive coaching and mentoring process culminating in a final showcase event before an audience of nearly 1,000 on October 25, 2016 at McCaw Hall. Since it began in 2011, SVP Fast Pitch has connected local change makers with over $2 million in grants, investments, prizes and has helped hundreds of social innovators build and strengthen their social change organizations.
SVP Fast Pitch connects social innovators and entrepreneurs with leaders from the local business, philanthropic, government, nonprofit and social impact investing sectors who want to help amplify their impact. Over the three-month program, innovators hone their business model concepts and messaging through workshops, pitch clinics, networking events and mentoring. At the same time, they build relationships with advisors, donors, investors and partners. The program culminates in an inspiring pitch competition and Final Showdown at McCaw Hall before a panel of celebrity judges and nearly 1,000 audience members.
“This year will be a flagship year for Fast Pitch. Through dedicated outreach to all corners of the region we seek to match high-impact social enterprises with leaders in the region who can support them,” said Lisa Nitze, President of SVP.
Last year’s winners included IntelliH2O, a low-cost water purity testing app developed by a high school student, and TK Threads, an organization connecting women facing barriers to employment with sustainable employment opportunities.
Bob Redmond, Executive Director of The Common Acre, a past nonprofit winner, explains: “The competition is just the beginning. The real value to applicants lies in what follows. Fast Pitch helped us build our board, create a rock-solid growth plan, and meet the right people and organizations to help us grow. The intensive work really paid off — we’ll see the impact in our organization for years to come!”
Entries for established nonprofits, early stage nonprofits, college and high school tracks close July 8. Social impact, for-profit applications will be accepted until September 1. Visit here today to apply free of charge.
SVP Fast Pitch is generously supported by companies and organizations committed to the entrepreneurial spirit and the Puget Sound region, such as BECU, Microsoft, Uber, Charles Schwab, Amazon, Google, UBS, Comcast, Puget Sound Energy, GoDaddy, UW Foster School of Business, Seed IP and others.