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SVP Fast Pitch Announces Winners of $400,000 in Grants, Investments & Prizes

Posted by Deborah Drake

Top Puget Sound Social Innovators in High School, College, Nonprofit and Startup Ventures Awarded in Final Showdown

Seattle, WA–Social Venture Partners (SVP) today announced the final winners of its Fast Pitch social-impact innovation competition.  The 14 finalists, including four in high school and college, competed for more than $400,000 in grants, investments, prizes and in-kind contributions.

The finalists presented five-minute pitches before a panel of luminary judges and a crowd of approximately 1000 attendees of Puget Sound’s top entrepreneurs, civic leaders and social change-makers at a “Final Showdown” gala event at McCaw Hall on October 27th.

Finalists were selected through a rigorous five-month application and competition process for the best socially innovative programs in the following tracks:  high school, college, startup nonprofit, established nonprofit and startup for-profit.  Additionally, community partners and audience members awarded special recognition prizes for outstanding efforts in innovation, diversity, social impact and presentation skills.

More about the winners can be found at:  http://www.socialventurepartners.org/seattle/news/2015-svp-fast-pitch-winners/

Social Venture Partners 2015 Fast Pitch Seattle Winners are:

First Place High School Venture, $2000:  IntelliH2O

Second Place High School Venture, $1,000:  SafeWheel  

First Place University Venture, $5,000:  TK Threads

Second Place University Venture, $2,000:  JikoPower Inc.

First Place Startup Nonprofit, $20,000:  Prison Scholar Fund

Second Place Startup Nonprofit, $7,500:  M.U.S.T. – Mentoring Urban Students and Teens

First Place Established Nonprofit, $27,500: Salish Sea Expeditions–Salish 2

Second Place Established Nonprofit, $10,000:  Statehouse News Project

First Place SVP Fast Pitch Investment Fund 2015, $130,000:  Deep Roots Foods

Second Place SVP Fast Pitch Investment Fund 2015, $75,000:  Play Works Studio

Microsoft Award Technology for Good, $10,000:  Play Works Studio

Women’s Funding Alliance Award for Girls & Women, $5,000:  21 Progress

Comcast NBC Universal Technology Innovation Award, $2,500:  Statehouse News Project

Outerwall Commitment to Diversity Award, $2,500:  Deep Roots Foods

Grayling Master Storyteller Award, 2,500:  JikoPower Inc.

Impact Donor Award, $5,000:  M.U.S.T. – Mentoring Urban Students and Teens

First Place Audience Choice Award, $5,000:  M.U.S.T. – Mentoring Urban Students and Teens

Second Place Audience Choice Award, $2,000:  Vitruvian Energy, SPC

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.

Questions? Contact: Debby Fry Wilson at 425-638-9617 or debbyfw@comcast.net