Veena Prasad had an inkling of an idea. A way to empower immigrant women using a skill they already had – cooking. What she needed was a catalyst, which arrived when a friend encouraged her to apply to SVP Fast Pitch.
She didn’t make it past the Quarterfinals, but through the process Veena received lots of constructive feedback and encouragement to implement her idea. She also discovered the missing piece in her entrepreneurial pursuits – a social purpose.
One year later, Veena’s idea blossomed.
Project Feast provides pathways for refugees and immigrants to find sustainable employment in the food industry while enriching communities through culture and cuisine. In their first year they helped 70+ people get their food handler permits and 2000 Seattlites attended their cooking classes or enjoyed their catered food.
Veena reapplied to Fast Pitch. This time she made it all the way to the finals, presenting her work to 600 people and scooping up $20,000 in grants that will help Project Feast grow. Watch Veena’s pitch and read her full story.
This is what Fast Pitch is all about.
Identifying people who are doing great work in the community and helping them develop the skills they need to get their ideas out there and to take their work to the next level.
SVP Seattle’s Fast Pitch offers nonprofit and for-profit innovators a structured program to develop and sharpen plans and presentations of their work through workshops, coaching, and mentoring. The program culminates in a series of competitive rounds – Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals.
Our fourth annual Fast Pitch Finals will be held on October 28, 2014 at McCaw Hall where participants can win a portion of $250k in grants and investments.
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