Andrea John-Smith’s vision for Springwire is adapts communications technology for people who are homeless and in poverty so to accelerate their progress out of poverty. He sees Springwire as a way to reduce the inefficiencies and frustrations inherent in the social service delivery system. Fast Pitch helped Springwire develop a “crisp pitch about the program – refining our message and practicing it in front of people who can give us great feedback.”
The Digital Documents idea proved hard to implement directly with “consumers” but agencies really liked the idea and the lead King County agency — Catholic Community Services — implementing Coordinated Entry — a new system of social service triage that started this year round the country, has incorporated Digital Documents into their process. In addition, a number of our partners around the country have begun using Digital Documents.
“Fast Pitch gave us feedback about what the judges liked and did not like about our project and then a way for potential investors to make themselves known so we don’t have to try to figure out who to talk with.”
Springwire was an Established Nonprofit Finalist in the 2012 Fast Pitch contest. To see what they up to now check out their website.