March 28. 2014
By Bill Brooks
Meal Share pitches for $50,000 prize
Meal Share, represented by co-founder Jeremy Bryant, edged out 10 other finalists to take the $50,000 top prize in the second annual Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch held March 5 at the Grand Theatre.
“The process we’ve been through and the support of the Social Venture Partners volunteer coaches has been amazing,” said Bryant. “The skills I’ve learned have been huge for Meal Share. We’ve been operating with practically no budget for the last eight months and now we’ll be able to open up in new cities, helping Calgarians go from dining out to helping out.”
Meal Share partners with restaurants to provide specially tagged menu options that, when ordered, provide a meal not only for the diner, but also a meal through a local social agency.
Fast Pitch put an initial group of 22 not-for-profit organizations through a two-month boot camp with volunteer coaches from a variety of sectors to hone their pitch skills before competing in the finals Wednesday.
An enthusiastic and supportive audience of 250 was on hand as each finalist delivered a 3-minute pitch about an innovative project that will have a positive impact on Calgary. The judging panel was made up of Jim Button of Village Brewery; last year’s winner in the social enterprise category Pam Krause of Calgary Sexual Health Centre; and James Stauch, director of the Institute for Nonprofit Studies at Mount Royal University.
The Branch Out Neurological Foundation and founder Crystal Phillips was awarded $15,000 in in-kind support through audience voting as fan favourite as well as the coaches award.
Others in attendance at the innovative event included: Social Venture Partners board chair Jackie Pyke with colleagues Karen Whiteman, executive connector and board member Paul Moore; KPMG’s Reinier Deurwaarder, Megan Deighan, Taryn Wener and Brian Rogers; Manna Consulting’s Cameron Wallace and his wife Pat Wallace, executive director, Breast Cancer Supportive Care; CBE’s Cindy Smyth; Making Changes’ Elaine Lupul; Surge Energy’s Scott Rideout; Forward Level Marketing’s Amish Morjaria; Monty Martin; and Crescent Point’s Taryn Humphreys.
Read original article on the Calgary Herald here.