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2013 Fast Pitch Semifinalists

Posted by Scott Taylor

On Wednesday October 1st, the 2013 Fast Pitch Seattle Quarterfinalists pitched to an audience of judges to secure their spot in the Semifinals and a chance to pitch again on October 29th. Throughout the day, all of the pitchers stood up and passionately and convincingly showed how their organization, whether nonprofit or for-profit, would have a significant and sustainable positive impact on the region and potentially across the globe. It was readily apparent that all of those who took the stage had worked hard to hone their pitch and put tremendous effort into creating great cases for their team to move on. At the end of the day the judges really had their work cut out for them as only 20 of the original 40 Quarterfinalist could move on.

And here they are, the 2013 Fast Pitch Seattle Semifinalists! Congratulations all!

Startup Nonprofit

Muses – Conscious Fashion Studio

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

Sandrine Espie

Project Feast

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

Veena Prasad

Washington Engage

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

Rose Gundersen


Established Nonprofit

Bellingham Textile Project a program of ReUse Works

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

Duane Jager

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

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

Educurious Expert Network

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

Sheri Hofer

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

Job Skills Training Program at the Center for Wooden Boats

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

Betsy Davis

Personal Health Advocates – Washington Health Foundation

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

James Whitfield

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

Christine Charbonneau

Teachers United

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

Christopher Eide



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

Community Sourced Capital

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

Casey Dilloway


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

Karrie Hungerford


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

Swatee Surve


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

Mark Horoszowski


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

Toure McCluskey

Snohomish Soap Company, SPC

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

Cindy Todd

Photos from the 2013 Quarterfinals

More photos can be found at the SVP Fast Pitch Seattle Gallery.

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