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2013 Fast Pitch Winners

Posted by Deborah Drake

On Tuesday, November 13th, McCaw Hall was buzzing with 600 innovators, do-gooders and supporters.  Whether up on the stage, in the Exhibitor Showcase, bustling behind the scenes, or seated in the audience – every person played a role in making SVP’s 3rd Annual Fast Pitch a huge success.

For the first hour, 23 semi-finalists were featured in the Exhibitor Showcase – tables teeming with materials and participants engaged in animated conversation.  Then at 6 PM, the 13 finalists stepped up to mic to pitch their great idea for good.  And now, without further ado, let us introduce SVP’s 2013…


For-Profit Social Innovators

Actively Learn is an online e-reading platform that empowers teachers to increase students’ comprehension and retention.  They won the $142,500 1st place Investment Fund Award for a For-Profit and the $10,000 Microsoft Award.


Community Sourced Capital is creating a local finance ecosystem for small businesses and local investors.  They won the $47,500 2nd place Investment Fund Award, the $2,500 Audience Choice Award, and the $2,500 Impact Donor Award.


Established Nonprofits

Teachers United is a network of extraordinary teachers building a public school system worthy of our students’ potential.  They won the $20,000 1st place SVP Award for an Established Nonprofit, plus the Most Improved Award.


Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest developed at home chlamydia and gonorrhea test kits, which will significantly reduce these common STI’s because of enhanced privacy and accessibility.  They won the $1,000 2nd place SVP Award for an Established Nonprofit.


Young Nonprofits

Project Feast provides basic culinary training for immigrants and refugees leveraging their cooking skills to help them find employment. They won the $10,000 1st place Outerwall  Award for a Young Nonprofit, and the $10,000 Women’s Funding Alliance Award.


Washington Engage builds community coalitions statewide to prevent human trafficking using proven collaborative methodologies.  They won the $1,000 2nd place Outerwall  Award for a Young Nonprofit.


University Teams

Youth Ambassadors develop learners who become leaders through compassionate service to the community.  They won the $4,000 1st place Ashoka Award.   Hear from Youth Ambassadors Hanna and Ceila in their blog post!


Innovii strives to give students the opportunity to think creatively and act innovatively beyond the norms of high school opportunities.  Through the use of micro loans and youth entrepreneurship, Innovii challenges you to think abstractly and develop novel ideas.  This group is run by university students and won the $1,000 2nd place Ashoka Award.


High School Teams

EnviroTech provides local institutions with a green energy by harnessing the power of foot traffic.   This group is run by high school students and won the $1,500 Winshuttle Award.


In addition to the Fast Pitch Award winners, we want to recognize and thank all of the outstanding finalists (watch all the pitches) and semi-finalists!


Of course it’s exciting to walk home with a giant check, but Fast Pitch is about so much more than the cash awards.

During the event, organizers heard time and again that the entire Fast Pitch program was an award in itself – from the pitch clinics to the coaching and mentoring to the resources and connections made.  We hope all the participants gained valuable skills and are now able to tell their story or convey their idea in an even more compelling way.

Plus, while the event ended on November 13th, the perks continue on!   Our finalists and semi-finalists have additional access to pro-bono consulting services and other benefits from an array of in-kind donors such as: Caiman Consulting, Fledge, Grow50, the Seattle Angel Conference, and the Impact Hub.

SVP Fast Pitch Finals 2013 – Images by SVP Fast Pitch Photographer


Fast Pitch would not be possible without our army of volunteers, which included more than 20 SVP Partners who filled roles such as coaches, judges, marketing and capacity building leads, web gurus, investors, and so much more.  Plus, we cannot forget our Fast Pitch leads Patricia Friel and Sue Oliver.

To our Partners and to all our volunteers who worked with our contestants, took photographs, organized sessions, recruited sponsors, and made sure the event and program ran smoothly — thank you!!


A camera crew from Al Jazeera America roved the event, and a number of media sources picked up the Fast Pitch story.  Check out the pieces done by Al Jazeera America, The Seattle Times and Crosscut.



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