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2013 Fast Pitch Quarterfinalists

Posted by Scott Taylor

We’d like to congratulate all of the teams that were selected to advance to the quarterfinals. We had 90 qualified teams send in applications and 40 advanced to the quarterfinals, including 16 for profit companies, 18 established nonprofits and 6 young nonprofits.

We will be featuring each of the quarterfinalists over the next few weeks leading up to the Quarterfinalist Pitch contest on October 1st but here is a quick look. They are listed below in alphabetical order.

Actively Learn

Online e-reading platform that empowers teachers to increase students’ comprehension and retention

Jay Goyal


Aroura LLC

Aroura LLC’s mission is to help protect and restore our clean water supplies.

Kevin Kunz


Bellingham Textile Project a program of ReUse Works

A job training business where low income women process post consumer textiles for artists

Duane Jager

Nonprofit (Established)

Bike Works Mobile a program of Bike Works

We are seeking funding to build a mobile, youth-focused community bike shop and classroom.

Deb Salls

Nonprofit (Established)

Cascadia Resilience Center(CRC)

Illuminating scientific knowledge for region’s long-term viability, combining advanced visualization, high-performance computing, creating predictive scenarios.

Fortunato Vega

Nonprofit (Established)

Change Fellows a program of Construction for Change

We promote poverty reduction by sending under-served construction leaders to oversee infrastructure development projects worldwide.

Shelby Port

Nonprofit (Established)

Collective Changes

A mentoring network encouraging job growth and economic empowerment for social and economic stability.

Gail Romero

Nonprofit (Established)

Community Sourced Capital

We’re creating a local finance ecosystem for small businesses and local investors.

Casey Dilloway


CoyoteWorks a program of Coyote Central

Adolescents mentored by professionals become artisans empowered by doing commissioned work for their community.

Claudia Stelle

Nonprofit (Established)

Educurious Expert Network

Providing the next-generation education students want, need and deserve for success in school and life.

Michael Golden

Nonprofit (Established)

Ellie’s Coworking + Childcare

Ellie’s Coworking and Childcare combines a coworking space with licensed childcare for infants and toddlers.

Marnee Chua


Emergent Housing Solutions

Emergent Housing Solutions (EHS) is a post-disaster housing marketplace.

Rachel Stamm


FIND Venture Project a program of Children’s Home Society of Washington

Develop a business model to offer FIND video parent coaching to high-risk families.

Jason Gortney

Nonprofit (Established)

FISH Mobile Food Bank

Providing food to low-income neighborhoods with limited access to a food bank or transportation.

Emily Happy

Nonprofit (Established)


GIVINGtrax is the network for business, employee & consumer giving.

Karrie Hungerford


Hydrobee SPC

Create “smart plumbing” with USB micro-hydropower turbines in pipes

Burt Hamner


Job Skills Training Program at the Center for Wooden Boats

A combination youth and workforce development program that helps young people build bright future.

Tyson Trudel

Nonprofit (Established)


We build games to help people manage their chronic health conditions.




Peace Corps meets math.com – Helping people find the best place to volunteer expertise overseas

Mark Horoszowski


Muses – Conscious Fashion Studio

Muses promotes responsible manufacturing, fosters fair-paid job opportunities and training for low-income immigrants and refugees.

Sandrine Espie

Nonprofit (Startup)

Northwest Neuroneighborhood

NWNN promotes the development of the region’s  emerging neuro industry cluster.

Bob Wilcox

Nonprofit (Startup)


An online comparison engine that empowers patients to find reasonably priced medical and dental care.

Toure McCluskey


Pilot of Home Test Kits for STI Testing a program of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest

At home chlamydia/gonorrhea test kits will significantly reduce these common STI’s because of enhanced privacy/accessability

Jenn Dean

Nonprofit (Established)

Pro-Use Produce

Creating value added food products from gleaned local produce for retailers and children in need.

John Iglesias

Nonprofit (Startup)

Project Feast

Basic culinary training for immigrants/refugees leveraging their cooking skills to help them find employment.

Veena Prasad

Nonprofit (Startup)

Snohomish Soap Company, SPC

We are the world’s first woman-powered, distributed manufacturing company.

Cindy Todd


Teachers United

A network of extraordinary teachers building a public school system worthy of our students’ potential.

Christopher Eide

Nonprofit (Established)

Washington Engage

Building community coalitions statewide to prevent human trafficking using proven collaborative methodologies

Rose Gundersen

Nonprofit (Startup)

Washington Health Foundation – Personal Health Advocates

Free service connecting individuals and small businesses to insurance, wellness, and other community health services.

James Whitfield

Nonprofit (Established)


Wellpepper extends the reach of healthcare professionals outside the clinic to help people get better

Anne Weiler


Wild Whatcom

We create ecological stewards through innovative exploration, service, and connection with nature, self, and community.

Heidi Jackson

Nonprofit (Startup)

Wonder Treats

Wonder Treats are healthy dog treats made from fruit and vegetable fiber byproducts of juicing.

Duschka Fowler-Dunning


Woof Works a program of Homeless Youth Services – Catholic Community Services

Woof Works trains and equips homeless youth with employment skills through a dog daycare business

Christopher Hanson

Nonprofit (Established)

Z Girls SPC

Z Girls measurably improves girls’ participation rates in sports by teaching female athletes “mental fitness”

Jilyne Higgins


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