On October 3rd, fourteen finalists gave five-minute pitches for good to a panel of distinguished judges and a live audience of 650 participants at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion. Social Innovation Fast Pitch winners walked home with a combined $175,000 in grants and investments.
Congratulations to all the participants!
$30,000 Social Venture Partners Award + $10,000 Audience Awards: Viva Farms is helping launch the next generation of organic farmers by providing land, capital, expertise and dedicated markets. Watch Video >>
Fast Pitch Finalist: Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED) harnesses the collective impact of community to accelerate solar energy adoption via a group purchasing program.
Fast Pitch Finalist: The Youth Suicide Prevent Programs is developing “K-12 Lessons for Life,” a new web tool that links educators to best practices curricula to support school-based suicide prevention and save lives.
Youth Team Awards
$5,000 Ashoka Youth Venture Award: Reach Out brings an innovative approach to day camps, providing 1:1 counselor-to-camper, week-long camps designed to change the self-impression and life-trajectory of disabled, disadvantaged, and homeless youth. Watch Video >>
$2,000 University Fast Pitch Award: Biodiesel Cooperative. Student led, student run, biodiesel conversion lab at the University of Washington, procuring used cooking oil on campus, converting it to industry-grade biodiesel and selling it back to the UW to power part of their on-campus diesel fleet. Watch Video >>
$2,000 Winshuttle Award: Sharing Interest Forming Friendships Matches high school students with special needs students (2:1) based on similar interests and creates opportunities for social interactions outside of class to Alleviate the social barrier between these two parties so friendships can be formed. Watch Video >>
$1,000 High School Fast Pitch Award: MoneySense. Building an interactive website and offer training clinics around educating middle school and high school students about financial literacy and the dangers of financial mismanagement. Watch Video >>
$50,000 Investment from SIFP Seattle Fund: Food N’ Me is an effective nutrition system that changes eating behaviors in children and families. Fighting childhood obesity with pounds of fun! Watch Video >>
Fast Pitch Finalist: BOSS empowers project owners/managers and minority small businesses with the tools and information to create sustainable social change.